Interview with Penguin

Interview with Penguin Movie Star

Can Penguins Fly?

Have you seen the movie, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” with Jim Carrey? It’s a clever comedy with laughs for kids and chuckles for adults. But that’s not the reason I am writing this. You see, I received an email the other day and I did not recognize the name of the sender. Like you, I usually do not open mail from names I don’t know to avoid viruses, of the computer kind.

This is the exact text of the email I received:

“To: drbj . . . From: Percy the Penguin . . . Subject: Fascinating but not Weird Penguins

Dear Sir: (I knew immediately from that salutation we had never met.) I have reserved a ticket for you at the box office of your neighborhood theater to see the film, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” I am one of those penguins. You may use the ticket at any time during the next two weeks, free of charge. Percy:”

Percy and Penelope, my C.D.P. - Casual Dating Partner
Percy and Penelope, my C.D.P. - Casual Dating Partner

Mr. Popper's Penguins

I cannot resist a mystery and this one involved a free movie ticket so I saw the film and it was very funny. The next night I received a phone call and my caller ID read: “Percy the Penguin.” I thought it was one of my friends being funny so I answered the call. You know what? It actually was Percy the Penguin. So naturally, I interviewed him. Wouldn’t you have done the same?

me – Hello, this is drbj. (cautiously)

Percy – Hi ya, drbj. (enthusiastically) This is Percy. Did you see the movie?

me – Yes, and it was very entertaining. Thank you for the ticket. Jim Carrey always makes me laugh. And the penguins in the “Mr. Popper” movie are very talented. Which of the six are you?

Percy – I’m the first penguin you see in the film. Jim – he asked me to call him, Jim – named me the Captain but my real name is Percy.

Getting Even

Plato the Proboscis Monkey
Plato the Proboscis Monkey
Stanley the Star Nosed Mole
Stanley the Star Nosed Mole

me – Isn't that a British name?

Percy – Actually, my mother named me Perseus after the Greek god, but everyone in school teased me by calling me Percy-R-us. So I shortened it to Percy. I knew how to get even.

You are probably wondering why I contacted you.

me – Yes, the thought did occur to me.

Percy – I heard about the supernatural interviews you were doing with guys like Plato, the Proboscis Monkey and Stanley, the Star Nosed Mole. I wanted to set the record straight about penguins. You know, whether we can fly or not.

me – That’s very kind of you, Percy. Do you have time for the interview right now?

Percy – Sure, I’ve got tons of minutes saved on my Black-and-White-Berry phone.

(Silently to myself) OMG, another wannabe-comedian animal.

Oops! Wrong Penguin

Pittsburgh Penguin hockey player
Pittsburgh Penguin hockey player
Fokk University downtown campus
Fokk University downtown campus

me – Can you really fly?

Percy – I’ll get to that. First I want to tell you a little about Emperor penguins. We are the world’s largest penguin. We can grow up to 3 ½ feet tall and can weigh as much as 88 pounds. Our scientific name is Aptenodytes forsteri .

me – How do you know that?

Percy – My dad told me. He attended Fokk University, good old Fokk U.

me – You’re kidding, right?

Percy – Right! He didn’t attend because he couldn’t find his high school transcripts. (Laughs hysterically)

Guys! Get back in line!
Guys! Get back in line!
Leopard Seal on land
Leopard Seal on land
Leopard seal in the sea
Leopard seal in the sea
Weddell Sea is in the upper northwest. Ross Sea is directly south of the Soouth Pole
Weddell Sea is in the upper northwest. Ross Sea is directly south of the Soouth Pole

Clever Penguin Escapes from Whale!

What's for dinner?
What's for dinner?

me – I’ve always wondered, Percy, why all the Emperor penguins have black backs and flipper/wings with white fronts. You all look like you’re on the way to a formal soiree in your tuxedos.

Percy – It’s more than just fancy dress. It is powerful camouflage. When our major predators – orcas (whales) and leopard seals – look up at us from below, underwater, they have difficulty distinguishing between our white belly and the reflective surface of the water. The black plumage on our backs camouflages us from above.

me – What part of the world do you call home?

Percy – You will find us only in Antarctica in the Weddell and Ross Sea regions. We live there permanently, breeding on the sea ice in some of the coldest conditions on Earth.

me – How cold does it get?

Percy – I’m glad you asked. Antarctica is the coldest and windiest continent of them all. The temperature in winter averages –40 to –94 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer is much warmer: –5 to –31 degrees F. (Chuckles)

You ain’t heard nothin’ yet. The record low in Antarctica is 129 degrees below zero F.

me – How do you stay warm?

Percy – We are covered with thick, shiny, waterproof feathers that keep us warm. Within our smooth plumage, believe it or not, is a substantial layer of air.

That addition ensures buoyancy when we swim and helps to insulate us in the icy cold seas and the sub-sub-zero temperatures.

Note: Winter arrives in Antarctica in March. The continent is in the Southern Hemisphere and has seasons that are opposite those in the north. Nearly all creatures leave except for the Emperor Penguin, the only animal that spends the winter on Antarctica's open ice

Spectacular March of the Penguins

Heavy-duty huddling
Heavy-duty huddling

BTW, Did you see the movie, “March of the Penguins?

me Yes, it was a magnificent, spectacular documentary which I recommend to everyone. I’ve watched it more than once.

Percy – Then you remember how we menfolk brave the icy winter by ourselves, clutching a single egg with our feet while our womenfolk return to the sea to catch their food.

We clump together in a huge, huddled, cramped crowd and take turns moving to the inside of the group which is more protected from the ferocious wind.

Once we have had a chance to warm up, we return to the circle’s edges giving others a turn in the warm center of the pack. Just like a democracy. Like the U.S. of A.

me – How do you keep your feet from freezing?

Percy – Nature has given us an unusual ability. We can control the blood flow to our feet which reduces the amount of blood that gets cold, but still keeps our feet from freezing.

me – Speaking of unusual abilities – can you really fly?

Percy – I promised to address that and I shall.

In the meantime, do you want to know how we get that single egg?

me – The stork?

Can you spot me in the crowd?
Can you spot me in the crowd?
Hurry, mommy, I'm starving!
Hurry, mommy, I'm starving!
When do I get to fish for myself? Huh? Huh?
When do I get to fish for myself? Huh? Huh?
Creche of penguin chicks
Creche of penguin chicks

Breeding Behavior

Percy – Very funny. We breed in the winter and after a courtship of several weeks, a female emperor penguin lays one single egg – and then leaves!

Our baby mamas travel together 50 to 60 miles across the frozen ice toward the open sea to feed. The baby (the egg) is literally left at our feet.

me – How do you keep the egg warm in those way below freezing temperatures?

Percy – Each penguin baby daddy balances his egg on his feet and covers it with his brood pouch, which is a very thick, warm layer of feathered skin designed to keep the egg warm and protected.

Then each daddy stands for about 65 days during icy temperatures, piercing winds and blinding storms. We have not even one little sardine to eat that whole time.By the time the female returns to take over feeding the chick, each male will have lost up to a third of his body weight.

me – That’s remarkable devotion, Percy. Do other penguin species do the same?

Percy – No, only Emperors utilize this unique breeding behavior.We do not build nests. Instead, we use our warm bodies to incubate and raise our young.

A little after two months, the mamas return from the sea, literally stuffed to the gills with seafood (fish, squid and crustaceans) which they regurgitate to feed the now hatched chicks. We, the daddies, can now leave to trek the 50 to 60 miles to the sea for our own fishing session.

Now the chicks will stay sheltered in their mother's brood pouch for two months. If the chick falls out of that warm spot, it can freeze to death in as little as two minutes.

As the young penguins grow, we leave them in groups of chicks called creches while we leave to fish. Then we return with food to regurgitate for our young. It’s what we call ‘prepared food.’ (Laughs)

Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Let's get this party started.
Let's get this party started.
I love you this much.
I love you this much.

me – I can’t help but wonder why the chicks are born during the coldest winter months.

Percy – As you human folk say, there is method to our madness. There is a reason for the timing of the chicks hatching. By December (our summer), the Antarctic weather is somewhat warmer and the ice begins to break up bringing the open sea closer to our chicks. Now they are old enough to travel to the sea and fish for their own food.

me – I haven’t yet learned if penguins can fly but I do know you are exceptional swimmers.

Percy – That is true. With our sleek, streamlined shape and webbed feet, we spend about half of our lives in the oceans and half on land. We are such excellent swimmers that our swimming agility resembles a bird’s flight in the air.

Dives of the Emperor Penguin have been recorded reaching a depth of 1,870 feet for up to 22 minutes. And that’s without scuba gear.

I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Can penguins fly? Watch this video.

Did you see what I saw?
Did you see what I saw?

Percy – Did you watch us flying? Was that remarkable or what? Oh, one thing I should mention. That video you just observed was produced by the BBC – a very reputable organization.

But wait a moment. Do you happen to know the date it was released? April 1, 2008. Isn’t that? …. No, it can’t be … April Fool’s Day?

It’s true – We penguins are aquatic flightless birds highly adapted for life in the water and our wings have, over time, become flippers. We cannot fly in the air. But we do fly . . . through the water!

me – Very clever, Percy. You almost had me hooked with that 'flying penguin' gag. BTW, I’ve been wondering, where did the word, penguin, come from?

Percy – Some dictionaries suggest the word was derived from Welsh - pen gwyn meaning white head. Others link the word to the Latin pinguis which means fat. I prefer the first meaning, of course.

Where's the GPS when you need it?

Sleds are for sissies.
Sleds are for sissies.

me – One of the reasons people love penguins is because you walk upright like humans with a funny, waddling gait. How do you keep your balance?

Percy – We use our tails and our wings, I mean flippers, to help us stay upright as we toddle around like a bunch of tuxedoed Charlie Chaplins. We can also jump with both feet together when we want to move quickly or cross rocky areas.

To save energy we also “toboggan” whenever there is an opportunity.

me – Toboggan? As in sled?

Percy – Yup, we slide on our bellies across the snow and ice. Do humans do that?

me – All the time In the winter whenever we can find a hill covered in snow. But we prefer to use a sled.

Got smelt?
Got smelt?
Who is your tailor?
Who is your tailor?

me – I have noticed that penguins do not appear to have a fear of humans and have approached tourists in Antarctica without hesitation.

Percy – That’s because we have no land predators there. We are at biggest risk at sea from hungry leopard seals. But if people approach us closer than about ten feet, we do become a little nervous.

me – One last question, Percy. Are there any penguins born with other than black plumage?

Percy – Funny you should ask. About one in 50,000 penguins is born with brown rather than black plumage. They are called Isabelline penguins in reference to a fascinating legend. Have you heard about it?

me – No, that legend is news to me.

Percy - It seems that the Archduchess Isabella of Austria vowed not to change her undergarments until her husband united the northern and southern Low Countries by taking the city of Ostend. This significant undertaking took three years to accomplish which explains why Isabella’s undergarments were no longer . . .

me – I get the idea. Thank you, Percy, for telling me almost more than I needed to know. Ciao and good luck with the chicks.

Chilly Willy cartoon

Happy Feet movie

Fairy Penguin
Fairy Penguin
No, you are too young to go on a sleepover.
No, you are too young to go on a sleepover.
Someone needs to cut down on the FISH STICKS!
Someone needs to cut down on the FISH STICKS!
Danny DeVito as The Penguin in "Batman' film
Danny DeVito as The Penguin in "Batman' film

Penguin Phenomena

• ‘Chilly Willy’ is a cartoon penguin living in Fairbanks, Alaska although the species is native only to the southern hemisphere. He was created by Paul J. Smith for the Walter Lantz studio in 1953. Willy soon became the second most popular character after Woody Woodpecker.

Films about penguins have been extremely successful at the box office in the last few years. Among these are 'Happy Feet,' 'Surf's Up,' March of the Penguins,' 'Madagascar' and 'Back to Africa - Madagascar 2.'

About 36 million years ago, a ‘giant’ penguin, 5-foot tall, lived in northern Peru. I kid you not.

Penguins generally only lay one brood; the exception is the Little Penguin, which can raise two or three broods in a season.

Depending on your source, the number of living penguin species varies between 17 and 20.

The smallest penguin species is the Fairy Penguin which is around 16 inches tall and weighs only 2.2 pounds. Larger penguins inhabit colder regions, while smaller penguins are generally found in temperate or even tropical climates, e.g., the Galapagos Islands Penguin lives near the Equator.

Major populations of penguins are found in Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and South Africa.

• Penguins can drink salt water because their supraorbital gland filters excess salt from the bloodstream which is excreted from the nasal passages.

Favorite Penguin Joke

A fellow drives to a gas station and has his tank filled up. When he goes into the station to pay, the clerk spots 4 penguins in the back seat of the car. He asks the driver, "What's up with the penguins in the back seat?"

The man in the car says, "I found them. But I haven’t a clue what I should do with them.”

The clerk thinks for a moment and then says, "You should take them to the zoo."

"Yeah, thanks, that's a good idea," says the man in the car and drives away.

The next day the man with the car is back at the same gas station. The clerk sees the penguins are still in the back seat of the car.

"Hey, the penguins are still here! I thought you were going to take them to the zoo!"

"Oh, I did, I did," says the driver, "and they had such a great time that today I'm taking them to the movies.”

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2011. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So"

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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

What fun! For a minute watching that video I thought "Really?" But then the voice of reason and logic said, "Nah!" Great hub. Almost choked on my coffee. Lynda

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Isn't it fun, Lynda, to put the voice of reason and logic aside, if only long enough to view a fascinating video. Sorry about the almost-coffee choking. Hope all is well and thanks for being the very first visitor.

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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

Penguins are such fascinating creatures! 'March of the Penguins' was a truly amazing film - but I'm sure your encounter with Percy was more fun! :)

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

I have always been fond of Earl Pinguini, the Earl's Restaurants Chain waiter and spokes-penguin. He is a great role-model for service-industry-oriented penguins everywhere. Fun article - I love your interviews!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Drbj - of course I was totally engrossed in this! I love the animal hubs and you just do a knock out job of making the information so entertaining! Now I know I have to see March of the Penguins. I haven't yet. I bet the girls will love it.

I like the joke - did not see that punch line coming! Too funny:) Up - Up - Up - awesome - useful - funny - beautiful. That brown penguin is pretty cool - never seen one of those either!

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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I was chuckling at the interview, and Percy's personality. Was fascinated at the same time with all I learned about penguins. I couldn't wait to find out if penguins could actually fly. LOL.

Rated up and funny. Fun way to learn!

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Drbj! You are an awesome talent! These interviews are enlightening as well as entertaining. Looking forward to more! Voted up, up and away!!

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

4, count em, 4 Stars to you. Great piece of writing. I use an e-mail screener that lets me see what's in it before I open it. I might have to go rent the video on this one.

The Frog

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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Funny and Awesome! I love penguins and Happy Feet was one of my favorite movies and songs! Cool.

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The Bucket Lister 5 years ago

Awesome hub! Thanks!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This was so much fun to read. One day I heard my husband hysterically laughing and went to see what he was watching. It was Happy Feet. What a great movie that was and I am looking forward to seeing Happy Feet 2. I liked your Penguin joke too :)

Awesome hub!

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

I couldn't agree with you more, Feline. Penguins are extremely fascinating - maybe because they look a little like cute, small people. If the people had wings/flippers, that is.

I did enjoy the film, 'March of the Penguins,' but you are absolutely right. My encounter with Percy was even more fun. Thanks for visiting, m'dear

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

I'm not familiar, Elle, with Earl Pinguini, the spokespenguin for Earl's Restaurants, but if he has the ready wit of Percy, then he is the perfect person/penquin for the job.

Thanks for enjoying the fun and my interviews. I enjoy your comments.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, RH, do watch the film, "March of the Penguins." It is fascinating, spectacular and your girls will love it, too.

Delighted you enjoyed my favorite penguin joke. I got a million of 'em. The brown penguin IS different looking - did you like the interesting legend about its name?

Thanks you for the sublime comments about my animal hubs. I do enjoy the research and attempting to make them entertaining as well as edcational. At least, they do educate me. And many thanks for pushing all my buttons - felt it from here! :)

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Violet Sun, for the chuckling and enjoyment of Percy's personality. He IS a scamp! Isn't it remarkable how much we can learn through a little research? Always fascinates me.

What? You say penguins can't fly? What a downer! Thanks, too, for the up and the funny.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Wow, Dexter, 'awesome talent'? Feel free to visit my hubs any time. Yup, enlightening and entertaining is what I aim for. Thanks for noticing and the up and away.

I plan to do more interviews - just have to decide on my victims, I mean, subjects.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

4 Stars, Frog? My cup runneth over. Delighted to have you stop by and enthralled that you enjoyed this.

Yes, by all means, do beg, borrow, or rent the 'March of the Penguins' film. You will fnd it as spectacular as I promised. Trust me.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Funny and awesome, Lela? Two of my favorite appellations. Thanks for using them. 'Happy Feet' was a super cool movie and 'Happy Feet 2" should be in the theaters soon. I'm awaiting its release.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, The Bucket Lister. I get the feeling you are a person of a few words. But as long as those words are 'awesome hub!' that's fine with me. Thanks!

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Susan, for finding this fun to read. It was fun for me to write, too. You are obviously a person with a special sense of humor since you liked my penguin joke. It IS one of my faves.

And I congratulate you on your selection of husbands. Any man who laughs hysterically at 'Happy Feet' is the perfect person to marry. Trust me.

Thanks for the Awesome, too.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I absolutely loved it and i know i shouldn't admit it, but i thought the Penguins were really flying and i was amazed. I loved the videos, esp. the one, ' I love you this much ' I have to go see the movie. Thank you for a FUNtastic interview. I think this is my favorite. Who will you interview next? I know i'll have to wait.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Great interview, Doc...and I learned a lot too! Haven't learned that much since Captain Kangaroo died. Here's another penguin joke for you: A penguin walks into a bar and asks the bartender, "Have you seen my daddy?" The bartender answered, "I dunno...what does he look like? Get it????? LOL! Thanks much! WB

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Adorable photos and videos - of one of my favorite animals. If I didn't have malamutes, I'd have penguins although I'm not sure Bob would like making the habitat for me....I love the "got smelt" - that is hilarious. I have to admit when I watched the movie, I cried like a baby thinking about their struggles. I only hope that they will be here and carry on their incredible journey for centuries to come.

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Pam Rakow 5 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Love it! Very informative and entertaining. I enjoyed the suspense of whether or not they can fly. "Stoopid Penguin video" is hilarious! Keep them coming!

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Don't worry, Ruby, about your confession that you thought the penguins were really flying. I promise not to tell anyone.

Thanks for loving the videos, too, and my favorite caption: 'I love you this much!' A 'funtastic' interview? That's a great word; I shall remember it. Who shall I interview next? Only God knows and she ain't sayin'.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Will, for stopping by. Delighted that you enjoyed this interview and learned a lot. Me, too. Golly, your reference to Capt. Kangaroo took me down Memory Lane once more. And what was his sidekick's name? Oh, yes, Mr. GreenJeans.

Yes, I got your penguin joke. If you don't mind unsolicited advice, stick to the beautiful poetry and the fascinating Western stories. You are great at writing those.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

I guess I somehow knew, Audrey, that anyone who loved Mals and other animals as nuch as you do would definitely have a special love for penguins. Delighted you enjoyed the photos and videos.

You would do much better at making a home for them in wintry Oregon than I would in humid Florida.

Thanks for finding the 'Got smelt?' hilarious. It's one of my favorites, too. So is the March of the Penguins documentary - absolutely inspiring. I'm happy you saw it.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Pam, for loving this hub and supplying the CDP. Great minds, you know. I did try to keep the suspense going with the question of penguins flying - glad I succeeded.

And the 'stoopid penguin' is always good for a laugh or at least a chuckle to start the day

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I loved that joke.... what a perfect way to end you interview with a penguin. I personally love penguins. I just think they are so darn cute. But I fear that you forgot a very important question in your interview... can they sing like they do in Happy Feet? Cause if they do, I think I want a penguin for a pet.

BTW - we took the kids to the museum here the other day and I thought of you everytime I saw the big animals. I was like - that would be an awesome one for drbj to do an interview with! LOL

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epigramman 5 years ago

...the most awesome 'penguin' hub of all time ..and believe me I've seen 'thousands' lol lol lol - and that just pretty well says it all - you can interview ANYONE!

Thank you for being a big part of my life at the Hub over the past year or so - let me correct myself - you have been the biggest part of my life - here!

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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Uncanny timing, drbj...did you see "Happy Feet", the distressed emperor penguin that turned up in New Zealand this week? Poor critter got lost and was found on a beach, dehydrated and lethargic from heat exhaustion from his journey from the Antartic. He's now at the Wellington Zoo for observation and possible surgery. New Zealand hasn't seen an emperor penguin since 1967. The lost visitor has been eating sand, as they eat snow to cool down, so I guess he was substituting with what was available! Great interview, as always, drbj. I hope Happy Feet gets a copy so he avoids any further confusion.

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Peguins, there is something special about them. They are gorgeous. I saw them in Australia on the Penguin Island. DRBJ you have such a vivid imagination and can put it so well into words.

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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

The best bit there was the penguin that jumped on the boat to get away from The Killer Whales, but the whole hub was brilliant.

Thank you.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, barbergirl. I think most people, just like us, are fond of penguins. They ARE cute and also very well dressed.

You know, I forgot to ask Percy if they can sing. But they do dance up a storm. At least they did in the film, 'Happy Feet,' and I expect they will have more dance routines in the sequel, 'HF 2.' Who knows? Perhaps the most talented dancers will show up on 'Dancing with the Stars' one evening.

If there is a particular animal you saw at the zoo that you think would be verbal enough for an interview, just let me know. :)

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

I'm so accustomed to your approbation and hyperbole, Colin, I would be bereft without it. Don't stop!

'The most awesome 'penguin' hub of all time?' Wow, that makes my day. All 365 of them.

You, too, m'luv, are a large part of my Hub life and I appreciate you and your exceptional epigrams more than you know. :)

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Uncanny and serendipitous, Amy, I guess my penguin ESP was working overtime. I did read about that amazing penguin who traveled from Antarctica to New Zealand, but that was after I wrote this hub. Just goes to prove how motivated these extraordinary animals in formal dress can be.

I do hope he survives - imagine the wonderful story he will be able to tell his descendants. Thanks m'dear for stopping by and enjoying the interview.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, Hanna. There IS something special about penguins. I have only seen them in zoos but hope one day to visit them in Antarctica. I'll say hello to Percy for you.

Thank you so much for your kind words - I always look forward to your visits.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, christopher, for the 'brilliant' comment. I like the way you think!

I agree - the penguin that jumped on the boat was something else. He could be the Indiana Jones of Penguinland.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Apology to Wayne Brown. Sorry, Wayne, I called you Will by mistake when acknowledging your fine comments. Dang! But all you handsome guys in cowboy hats get me all discombobulated. :)

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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Great hub about penguins and Percy drbj. Did you see the news piece about the young Emperor penguin who got very lost (about a 4000 mile diversion) and ended up on a beach in New Zealand. The poor thing has had to have an operation as he ate the sand thinking it was snow

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

What interesting animals the Emperor penguins are. Perfect society. If King Solomon knew about them, he would've most probably said we must study them too to become wise. Such devoted fathers! Wow! Superb hub, drbj, as always.

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi drbj, if pigs can fly, then of course penguins can, particularly when Hollywood gets hold of the script. I haven't seen the movie yet, but i have enjoyed your interview. The queens royal guards are thinking of dispensing with bear skins for their silly looking hats. It's a real pity that it might be slightly politically incorrect to use those brown penguin skins, as they'd already be the right size and shape. I reckon i'd look a bit like one of those five foot penguins, with my suit and white shirt, although i'm a bit slower moving than they would have been. You managed to squeeze in plenty of one liners as usual and i loved the penguin joke at the end. Must dash. Be seeing you.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, CM, I read about that extraordinary penguin the day after I posted this hub. The penguin had been eating sand on the beach because it mistook it for snow which penguins eat to hydrate themselves.

How the Emperor Penguin got to New Zealand from Antarctica is a mystery. Could it have paddled 2,000 miles acrosee the ocean?

Endoscopic surgery was performed yesterday to remove some of the beach sand and twigs it had swallowed. The operation was performed by one of New Zealand's leading surgeons who usually operates on human patients. A full recovery is expected.

Thanks for visiting and the news update.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Emperor penguins are very special and extraordinary animals, Martie. There are few fathers in the animal kingdom (including many humans) who are as devoted and caring of their brood as these penguins. We can learn a lot from them.

Thanks for the superb hub comment. It is always my pleasure to have you stop by. Did I mention earlier how attractive your new avatar is, m'dear. Positively ravishing!

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

No, Keith, tell me it isn't so. You intimated that pigs can't fly. Is that true? I am crestfallen, dispirited and dejected by that news.

By all means, try to see 'March of the Penguins' - it really is a spectacular film showing you most of the penguin behavior you will read in this hub.

So the Queen's Royal Guards may be changing the look of their chapeaus? You are spot on that using brown penguin skins would definitely not be PC.

Delighted you enjoyed the oneliners and my favorite joke at the end. Ta-ta for now.

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philipandrews188 5 years ago

Really? Having interview with a penguin? I am really amazed. Thanks for sharing this hub.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

You are amazed, phillipandrews? Not as amazed as I was when Percy called me.

And no thanks are necessary. It was entirely my pleasure to share.

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

One can´t but admire a living species that can endure the severe climate on Antarctica.

I feel so sorry for them, standing there in the ice cold wind, with a precious egg on their feet. What a devotion that is needed! For once, it seems like the male part has drawn the shortest straw!

You have done a wonderful hub as usual drbj, with interesting facts, your special humor in company with great photos and videos.

Thanks for your special skills:)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

'Hej', Tina? Thanks for stopping by and noticing the extraordinary devotion of male Emperor penguins to their young - guarding abd protecting them in severe wintry weather and blinding snowstorms.

And thanks for your gracious comments - 'special humor' and 'special skills' are some of my all-time favorites.

'Hoppas allt är bra med dig och din familj.'

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andrebreynolds 5 years ago

(Laughing Out Loud!)I really had fun reading this hub. Thanks for sharing this excellent hub.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted you had fun reading this, andrebreynolds. I really had fun writing it. And sharing it is definitely my pleasure. Thanks for finding it.

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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

oh you are teh best, way too funny, you are teh queen of these! stumbled for good measure!

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

How nice to have you here, Becca. It's great to be a queen. Thank you for the lovely comments and the stumbled to boot.

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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA


Thank you so much for such an informative and insightful hub and videos - very unusual and unique - voted up. You've made my Sunday morning....

Take care of yourself


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

What a lovely comment, John, 'made your Sunday mmorning.' Thank you. Delighted you enjoyed Percy's interview. You made his day and mine, too. And thanks for the up. :)

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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Charming and endearing drbj. Loved the dialogue between drbj and Percy. A giant Penguin in Peru, Whew. That 'March of the Penguins' was your writing and this delightful Hub.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Alastar - 'Charming, endearing and delightful' are three more of my favorite adjectives. Thank you for those gracious comments and loving our dialogue. You are so right - 'March of the Penguins' is a spectacular film. profile image 5 years ago

Stanley the Star nosed mole - what is going on drbj? - that is a classic picture - well done for sharing it! thanks and a great interview.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, psychicdog. Stanley is a really sweet fellow and interesting to know once you get accustomed to his bizarre visage. It has been my pleasure to share info about Stan and Plato and, of course, Percy. Delighted you enjoyed the interview.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I learned so much about penguins in your typical interview, amusing technique. The pictures and videos were fantastic. This is a very enjoyable hub. Voted up, awesome, interesting and beautiful!

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Pamela, for your most gracious visit. I'm delighted you enjoyed the pictures and videos. And thanks for the up vote and dancing on the buttons. It is always my pleasure to have you stop by.

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lex123 5 years ago

Funny and useful! Your talent in writing such informative hubs in a funny way, and with the relevant videos and images, is really admirable, drbj.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, lex, for admiring "my funny, informative hubs." That makes two of us, buddy. I do appreciate your visit and comments.

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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

I didn't have much time this evening, we are moving on Saturday, but I spent time here, which I consider time well spent. I loved your hub, every video, every joke, every cartoon. Thank you, I had a great time!

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

How do you do, earnest, it's my pleasure to meet you. I can think of no greater compliment than you taking time to read every inch of my penguin hub although you are deep in the midst of moving - a daunting chore. And loving it all, to boot. Thank you, thank you. Look forward to seeing more of you at my other "Interviews," "Weird Animals," "Crazy Laws," etc., etc.

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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

The pleasure is mine, thank you.

We moved on the weekend, and I will soon have time to do more reading on one of my favourite subjects, animals.

I just love your writing style and your writing skills make it very informative and humorous.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Good luck in your new abode, earnest. Informative and humorous iw what I aim to be.

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love penguin and I really enjoy all the interview here. Only you can make this hub. Vote up!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, pras, for visiting, loving penguins and enjoying this interview. I do appreciate your visits and of course your gracious comments. Thanks, too, for the up. Be well.

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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

Was there something about penguins? Having seen that mole, I may require therapy.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Penguins are lovable although sometimes they are shy.

But the one thing they cannot do without a plane, is fly.

The Star Nosed Mole in my hub, on the other hand,

Can dig holes for you pronto in mud or in sand.

Will this info help, niomp, to avoid expensive therapy?

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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary

Very clever hub, drbj! I have to admit I knew penguins could not fly, what I didn't know was that they are birds. Aquatic birds, isn't that funny in itself? I bet seals are birds too. ;)

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you for visiting, Haunty, I do appreciate your making the trip. Because penguins are such cute critters that walk upright like humans, it's not surprising that many folks see them as animals and not birds. Let along birds that can swim.

I don't think seals are classified as birds but I would call them clowns. Did you ever see them perform at a water park? Very clever and really funny. (Like my hub of course.)

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Derdriu 5 years ago

drbj: What a fine example of a successful interview! You made Percy feel comfortable and like his observations matter to you. You put him first, and he reciprocated by dispelling misinformation and stereotypes.

Thank you for the interesting information so humorously but finely crafted and sealed with a great joke.

Voted up, etc.,


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Derdriu, for number one, finding this penguin hub, and number two, for making such gracious comments. Delighted that you found this information not only interesting but humorous as well. And finely crafted, too. Wow! My hub love runneth over. :)

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carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

one thing you can say for penguins, they're always well dressed !! :-)

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

So true, Chris, and they do not have to spend the big bucks,

To look elegant and fine in their black and white tux.

Thanks for the visit, m'dear. profile image 3 years ago from upstate, NY

Emperor Penguins are most amazing creatures. Of all land animals, they live in the worlds harshest conditions. I understand that in extreme cold, size is a big advantage because less of a percentage of their body surface comes in contact with the ice and snow and also they have a greater fat storage to feed them and keep them from freezing.

They control their legs from inside their body core so the cold won't cause them to lose control. They also prop themselves up like a tripod on their feet and tails so as to have minimal contact with the snow or ice.

I see the design of this Penquin as evidence of God's limitless wisdom.

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, wba108. I share your admiration of the Emperor Penguin. They are indeed amazing animals. Did you see that outstanding film, "March of the Penguins?" The movie illustrates the harsh conditions under which these fascinating creatures live and thrive and raise their young. Thanks for the visit and your interesting observations.

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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I learned a lot and laughed a lot. Loved your captions to the photos -- and the BBC video, well, I really almost believed it. Really wanted to, I guess. Up, across, sharing and Pinning.

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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted, Pamela, to discover that you learned and laughed a lot. That IS my mission. Thanks for loving the captions and the video as I did. Like you, I almost believed that 'flying' episode until the very end.

And thanks for the gracious comments, the Up, the sharing and the pinning. You are much appreciated, m'dear.

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