Thursday, December 22, 2005

Waddle I do, when you are far away...?

Oh dear, it's not looking promising for stolen Toga the penguin, despite the nationwide appeals and £9,000 reward issued for his recovery...
That is, I assume he was stolen, and didn't simply had various distressing issues of his own which all became too much and made him make a break for it, to look for his 'own space' away from the prying zoo-visitors' eyes for a while... (much like the animals in the film Madagascar, in which the crack troupe of penguins were by far the most entertaining attractions...)
Anyway, hope you're still hanging on in there somewhere, Toga, little buddy - and that this particular penguin gets p-p-p-p-picked up very soon (sorry, all predictable tabloid instincts just had to kick in eventually...)
Penguins are lovely-looking creatures - though I was surprised to be told today they 'bray like donkeys'. I'd never thought of that. Nor considered whether donkeys, indeed, bray like penguins.
I think I just about prefer puffins, mind. Though, as my dad never ceases to infuriatingly remind all and sundry whenever one gets mentioned:
One thing about the puffin
Almost tickles me to death,
He always is a puffin -
Yet he's never out of breath...
By dint of nigh-on 28 years of incessant repetition, it now seems that, despite myself, I do the same...
I believe this must have been the kind of thing to which Philip Larkin was referring...

2 comments:

Aff said...

I love penguins. I lived in Australia last year and just down the road (about an hour), an Emporer penguin was washed ashore completely to the bemusement of the local wildlife rescuers (of which my GF is one). Since that day, I've had a mild obssession with giant penguins and was bought one for my 25th birthday last week.

BTW, I have added you to my blog-roll, mate :-)

Aff said...

Oh, and I should've also said in my last entry that they don't have Emporer penguins anywhere near where I lived. He'd strayed something stupid like 2-300 miles off course.