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My New Zealand Vacation - Happy Foot missing!

  1. Jun 21, 2011 #1

    Pengwuino

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    http://www.watoday.com.au/environme...rn-ends-up-in-new-zealand-20110622-1gebr.html

    lolololololololol DISCUSS.
     
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  3. Jun 21, 2011 #2

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    They're not going to try to save it and just "let nature take it's course"?? It's a miracle it survived until now, so let's just let it die. The poor thing is eating sand now.

    WTH is wrong with people?????
     
  4. Jun 21, 2011 #3

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    There are some thought-out principles regarding wildlife here.

    What would "saving it" look like? It could not be repatriated to Antarctica - both for strict biohazard reasons and the fact that there won't be any flights going that way for a few months (it's winter!).

    It will probably be left to head back to sea, or be put down if it is suffering.

    But as I say, this is a standard dilemma. I was in Antarctica last year and a whole flock of cute Adelie penguins came past, disoriented and heading inland.

    The penguin scientist I was with said if they don't turn round, they will be dead. They are going the wrong way and will starve. But there is a strong official policy of not interfering with nature down there. So we stood and watched. (They turned around and probably were OK you'll be relieved to hear :smile:.)

    As for penguins, we have little ones that paddle in the harbour and make their burrows under people's houses here. There will be plenty agonising over the fate of this Emperor.
     
  5. Jun 21, 2011 #4

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    Then someone, a zoo even, needs to take the baby in. The fact that he has such great survival skills could boost the breed.
     
  6. Jun 21, 2011 #5
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    but then he might try to take over the world, and we'd just end up having to call in Batman.
     
  7. Jun 21, 2011 #6
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    I think you misunderstood the joys of a vacation on a sandy beach, Penguino. You're not supposed to eat it.
     
  8. Jun 21, 2011 #7

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    I'm sure zoo keepers are already rubbing their hands.

    But as to boosting the breed, seems like this guy has dangerously defective navigation skills.
     
  9. Jun 21, 2011 #8

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    He could have been caught in a current that killed off all of the others, yet he alone survived with his expert skills. It's not easy to survive what he survived, that is one unique penguin.
     
  10. Jun 21, 2011 #9

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    You've been watching too many Disney movies Evo.
     
  11. Jun 21, 2011 #10
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    What if the Native Americans said of the Pilgrims (pidgin for "penguins") "let Nature take its course"?
     
  12. Jun 22, 2011 #11
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    I'm reminded of this awesome clip from Herzog's "Encounters at the End of the World", which I watched a couple of days ago:

     
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  13. Jun 22, 2011 #12

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    Here is another poor penguin. Caveat: violence and language.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8mUTHO6P8k
     
  15. Jun 22, 2011 #14

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    Wait, they're just letting the penguin starve to dead?????? :cry:
     
  16. Jun 22, 2011 #15

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    Kaa-zing... Jimmy scores... again...

    Rhody... o:)
     
  17. Jun 24, 2011 #16

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    "Happy Feet" has been whisked off to Wellington Zoo as his/her condition deteriorated and public pressure built. Next stop, tipped over the side of the next season's toothfishing fleet probably.
     
  18. Jun 24, 2011 #17

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    Thank goodness.

    :cry:
     
  19. Jun 24, 2011 #18

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    Medical update. Penguin has been on the vet's table and the sand sucked out of its gut. Is now noshing on ice and being offered a slurry of fish meal. X-ray of the bird in the paper today.
     
  20. Jun 24, 2011 #19

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    Good that he's doing ok! :smile:
     
  21. Jun 24, 2011 #20

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    Stupid penguin gets treated better by you people than I do :cry:
     
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