Don’t get Cincinnati Zoo to name an animal after you


The other David Bowie

The world was struck with the sad news of David Bowie’s death yesterday – made only more bearable with the parting gift of his album released on Friday, also the rocker’s birthday.

So when the Cincinnati Zoo welcomed its first baby animal of 2016 on Friday, the name was down to one of two – either Bowie or birthday-sharer, Elvis Presley.

Both names were considered but the zoo already has a king penguin named ‘The King’, so it was decided on Friday the new chick would be named ‘Bowie’.

Just two days later, 69-year-old Bowie died, making the gesture of naming the little one that much more special.

We must not speculate or joke as to what the next penguin should be called.    Read more »

Egg Cam

Turney claims too much ice, caused by warming, is killing penguins

Professor Chris Turney the expedition leader of the Ship of Fools just can’t stop digging.

He is now claiming that too much ice (caused by global warming) is forcing penguins to starve and die.

The article he links to claims this:

In normal years the Adelie penguins that nest at Cape Denison can feed in the open waters of Commonwealth Bay, but now they must walk over 60 km across the ice in order to find food. This giant iceberg has set up a natural experiment that tests the resilience of Adelie penguins to major iceberg calving and stranding events that we expect to become more common with climate change.

Hang on a minute…weren’t we told a few years back that lack of sea ice was killing penguinsRead more »

It’s Christmas Eve, so I won’t take up much of your time


Penguin vs Human


Penguins doing fine despite Global Warming

Global warming was supposed to see the end of penguins amongst other things.

In 2009 the following prediction was made in Australia:

MARK COLVIN: Scientists monitoring Australia’s most famous population of Little Penguins have had a scare, after some chicks died of starvation because their parents had to go farther afield than usual to find food.

Phillip Island’s nightly parade of the penguins is a major tourist attraction.

A biologist who works with the colony says it’s a problem which could become more common as climate change takes hold.

Four years on you’d expect that the poor wee things would be in dire straights. Turns out no.

The little penguins of Phillip Island are experiencing a baby boom.

Last summer’s breeding season was the best in a generation, a dramatic turnaround from the 1990s when either foxes were snatching the flightless birds or they were starving to death.

Research manager of the Phillip Island Nature Parks Dr Peter Dann says the rise in population is “about food”.

“These chicks are fatter, they’ve grown faster, the parents have brought back more food. The parents have been heavier than normal right through the breading seasons,” he said.

Dr Dann says it is a far cry from the 1990s, when food was scarce.

“It was even worse in 1995, when the main food they were eating during that breeding time was pilchard, and the pilchard had a huge die-off right across southern Australia to New Zealand,” he said.

“A lot of birds were actually dying of starvation and they bred very late.

One of the curious things about all this is that when Australia’s warmer, particularly in Autumn, penguins start breeding earlier in the following Spring and they breed much better than when Bass Strait’s cooler in Autumn.

Once again the alarmist media, complicit scientists and gullible fools are wrong.

Gareth isn’t the only one who kills penguins

It appears that not only cats kill cute  little birds…and Gareth Morgan isn’t the only one to kill penguins:

A little blue penguin has died after being  picked up and handled by members of the public.

Department of Conservation Motueka  biodiversity manager Bruce Vander Lee said DOC received reports on Tuesday of a penguin  being  seen under a bush at Little Kaiteriteri near a pipe which he thought it may have been using as a burrow.

‘‘At that point someone decided it needed help and moved it.’’

DOC Motuka  then received a chain of phone calls about the penguin being handled.  Read more »

What will Morgan’s big mouth cost him?

Now that Gareth Morgan has upset every animal lover, including every middle aged woman in New Zealand, can we expect some serious capital outflows from his underperforming KiwiSaver fund that bears his name? Why would people want to invest their money with someone who wants to kill all the cats?

And Kiwibank won’t be pleased with the bang up job Gareth is doing on the Kiwisaver fund they bought off Gareth a year ago?

I wonder if there are any clawback provisions for the purchase price since Gareth is now destroying their Kiwisaver brand?

Or has crafty Gareth chosen to open his mouth a full one year after the purchase date, perhaps conveniently outside any clawback date?

The TAB won’t be taking bets on how quickly Kiwibank will rebrand the Mad Moustache Fund into something a little less controversial.

Mad Morgan certainly knows no bounds when doing nutty things. In the last year or so he’s:

 Perhaps Morgan was drunk when he opened his mouth… we can call him Captain Morgan from now on…

Pervy Penguins

The Sun

It seems that penguins are depraved pervs when it comes to sex:

THE “depraved” sexual exploits of penguins have been revealed in a controversial report deemed too shocking for publication.

Dr George Murray Levick detailed the birds’ smutty shenanigans during Captain Scott’s ill-fated 1910-13 Antarctic Expedition.

He was stunned to see a young male engaged in necrophilia when it attempted to mate with a DEAD female.

Sexual abuse of young chicks was also observed as were acts of avian homosexuality.

The Edwardian Englishman was so horrified by his own findings that he initially recorded them in Greek to make them inaccessible to the average reader.

Mr Levick described how male penguins would gather in “hooligan bands of half a dozen or more and hang about the outskirts of the knolls, whose inhabitants they annoy by their constant acts of depravity”.

London’s Natural History Museum has now unearthed the landmark study entitled Sexual Habits of the Adelie Penguin, which had been lost for decades.

Gay Penguins given egg to hatch

The Telegraph

This is going to bend a few people out of shape…oh well no matter. I expect we will get some along who will insist that the gay can be prayed away:

Every spring for six years Gentoo penguins Inca and Rayas have lovingly built a nest together, only to find that no eggs arrive to fill it. It doesn’t seem to have dawned on the couple that both of them are male.

But after the repeated heartbreak of watching other penguins become parents and raise their young, the “gay” couple finally have something to celebrate after their keepers gave them an egg of their own to care for.

Rather than questioning how the improbable scenario arose, the inseparable pair has seized their one chance at fatherhood with the zeal of a couple who know they may not get another.

Inca has taken on the “female” role of incubating the donated egg, obtained by keepers a month ago, and stoically remains atop his prize for most of the day, refusing the temptation to dip his feathers into the water.

His partner Rayas, meanwhile, keeps a watchful guard over the nest while eating whatever he can fit in his beak in preparation for the traditional male job of feeding his young with regurgitated fish.

His keepers report that Rayas has become more anxious due to nervous anticipation of his due date in June, but that the job seems to have made him into a “new penguin”, according to The Times.