Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Nipping A Napping Story In The Bud

It's funny how some stories can keep resurfacing and being told again and again until they become the famous....."Urban Legend." So let's nip one in the bud before someone starts talking about a bird napping. For years there has been a story circulating literally all over the world about a child visiting a zoo and stuffing a live penguin in a back-pack and carrying it home. Several of these false alarms popped up from the United Kingdom to the United States in 2005. One place to read these urban legends is at this fact or fiction website: http://www.snopes.com/critters/farce/smuggled.asp This website even cites the 2002 children's book, Tina and the Penguin, by Heather Dyer that may have re-ignited these false stories. So it's not surprising that yet another penguin-napping story has popped up in the news lately. This time KUTV in Salt Lake City went myth busting when it was reported that a young boy had...you guessed it...stolen a penguin from the San Diego Zoo and it was later placed on exhibit at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. KUTV's Jeff Jaeger reports one major problem with the story though, the San Diego Zoo didn't have penguins in the first place. One surprise though...the Hogle Zoo reported people calling and visiting wanting to see the stolen penguin. For the full story check out this link: http://kutv.com/local/local_story_118212445.html The only time you'll see a penguin-napping at the Tennessee Aquarium is after a gentoo or macaroni has a belly full of fish. Or at night on our webcam. That's when they catch their Zzzzzzzzz's!

1 comment:

Adam R said...

It's good to get the word out about that urban legend. My penguin blog gets a lot of referrer hits from people searching for elusive stolen penguin from Newport.

Would you think that a penguin would possibly bite, claw, and/or smack an unfamiliar person trying to take it away? Would it depend on how they handled the penguin?