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Penguins on the Beach

By YellowBook in MLP
Tue Nov 21, 2000 at 07:19:32 PM EST
Tags: Science (all tags)

Today's Morning Edition had a story about penguins turning up on the beaches near Rio de Janeiro. It's sad, funny, and scientifically interesting, all in one!

Here's the summary on their web page:

NPR's Martin Kaste reports penguins from Argentina and the Falkland Islands are invading Rio de Janeiro's beaches. Many locals are adopting the birds as pets but scientists are concerned about why they've suddenly appeared. (4:31)

You need (ugh) Real Audio to hear the story; here are links for 14.4 and 28.8.

It seems that penguins from Argentina are following changing ocean currents that their favorite fish like to swim in, and ending up wading ashore on the beaches of Rio. The climate isn't too great for them there (they like it temperate, and Rio is too warm), but some well-intentioned people have overcompensated by putting them in refrigerators or freezers before taking them to the zoo; at least one penguin that was taken to the zoo arrived with hypothermia! There's also an interesting bit about what bad pets penguins are, and why people keep taking them in anyway.


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Best things about penguins as pets:
o Herring breath. 6%
o They keep the scary clowns away. 37%
o Linux mascot. 12%
o They leave guano all over the floor and peck people. 17%
o They're so cute. 25%

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Laughing near you ... (3.20 / 5) (#1)
by aphrael on Tue Nov 21, 2000 at 05:28:17 PM EST

The overcompensation bit is funny: if someone didn't tell me not to, i'd probably put a penguin in a refrigerator to keep it happy.

Penguins arriving in crates? (3.75 / 8) (#2)
by rusty on Tue Nov 21, 2000 at 05:32:04 PM EST

"The zoo has taken in over 250 penguins this summer, from the beaches around Rio. Most arrive in boxes or plastic tubs. Some even came in coolers."

Ha! On hearing this bit, I mistakenly applied "arrive" to "the beaches around Rio", and I got this mental picture of a flotilla of crates, tubs, and coolers, bobbing gently into the beach, with a penguin riding inside each one.

Not the real rusty

Tech support (2.16 / 6) (#3)
by www.sorehands.com on Tue Nov 21, 2000 at 05:36:11 PM EST

Maybe some are collecting penguins to form a Linux tech support group.

Will there be a Brazilian Linux Distro soon?

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Brazillian Linux (2.00 / 1) (#5)
by YellowBook on Tue Nov 21, 2000 at 05:44:24 PM EST

Already is: Conectiva Linux. Their schtick:

Among the diverse distributions of Linux, we have one that is totally dedicated to Latin America: Conectiva Linux, now in the 5.0 Version, available in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Other than that it's an RPM-based distribution, I don't know anything about it.

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Free Advertising (2.00 / 3) (#6)
by sl4ck0ff on Tue Nov 21, 2000 at 07:13:17 PM EST

I wonder how the penguins washed up on the beach anyway? How can someone keep them alive when they need a colder climate to survive? The Linux communities can't argue with this; free advertising.
/me has returned to slacking
Old joke (4.00 / 3) (#7)
by loner on Tue Nov 21, 2000 at 07:17:44 PM EST

I'm sure most of you have already heard the old "penguins in the car" joke, but it fits this story so well, this version says it better than I ever could ^_^

Anybody knows what made the currents change? Perhaps global warming, earthquake, or just scheduled planet maintenance? It kind of reminds me of when the sea lions invaded San Francisco Pier 39, although nobody volunteered to take a sea lion in as a pet.

Pet Sea Lions (3.50 / 2) (#8)
by ucblockhead on Wed Nov 22, 2000 at 02:10:19 PM EST

In a sense, the whole damn city took the sea lions in as pets, then built a mall around them to bring in the tourist bucks.

What makes it really funny is that these sea lions had been showing up on piers all down the California cost, and cities were driving them off as a "nuisance". Now they are the biggest damn tourist attraction in San Francisco and those other cities sadly watch the tourist bucks spent somewhere else. Insert smarmy comments about lemons and lemonade here.

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