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Anyone who has ever tried to stuff a penguin into a backpack knows that birdnapping is harder than it sounds.

Still, rumors persist that a child swiped a penguin from the Penguin and Puffin Coast at the St. Louis Zoo, stuffed it in a backpack and took the bird home to play. For the past few months, the Zoo has reassured media and countless other callers that its 80 penguins, and 25 puffins for that matter, are present and accounted for.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/lifestyle/stories.nsf/pets/story/C83D01FDE3BC85FF8625721B000D7999?OpenDocument

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I thought they had 81 penguins.... Where did that other one go??? [Wink]

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Hi All:

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Originally posted by Doug4.7:
I thought they had 81 penguins.... Where did that other one go??? [Wink]

Actually, I think #46 is missing [Razz]

It just goes to show that facts have never stood in the way of a good UL.

And I notice the prominent mention of snopes.com in the article. Must feel good getting some well-deserved appreciation (says he, sucking up to the Big Guy) [Big Grin]

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We were there last month . . . I thought my kid's backpack felt a little heavy . . . .

No, all we took home was a stuffed tiger (which we paid for!) and a park map that one of the goats in the Children's Zoo ate half of.

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pob14, I first read yours as, "...all we took home was a stuffed tiger...a park map, AND one of the goats in the Children's Zoo..." [Eek!]

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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
pob14, I first read yours as, "...all we took home was a stuffed tiger...a park map, AND one of the goats in the Children's Zoo..." [Eek!]

...which would be even harder to fit in a backpack.

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Snopes.com is the online reference guide to urban legends. It traces this bird tale back to 1993, when a hyperactive child visiting the Dudley Zoo in Britain supposedly hid a penguin under his jacket. Later, his mother found the bird flapping in the bath, legend says.
So not only is this hypothetical kid hyperactive, but his mother doesn't notice he's got a bird under his jacket until bathtime? Poor guy.

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I can see why the rumor would be more common at the STL Zoo. The Penguin and Puffin exhibit makes the birds much more reachable than usual exhibits. I-I mean my friend has petted the penguins and puffins there a few times. Which I don't condone, as it is bad *glances around nervously*...plus it makes your hand smell all fishy. My friend told me that.

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In reality, it was Burgess Meredith that was taken home in the child's backpack.

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In reality, it was Burgess Meredith that was taken home in the child's backpack.

[lol]

I would have thought Danny DeVito would fit more easily into a child's backpack.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wolf333:
In reality, it was Burgess Meredith that was taken home in the child's backpack.

[lol]

I would have thought Danny DeVito would fit more easily into a child's backpack.

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Height-wise maybe, but there could be other problems

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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
pob14, I first read yours as, "...all we took home was a stuffed tiger...a park map, AND one of the goats in the Children's Zoo..." [Eek!]

I told them to get a sheep, they make much better lawnmowers!

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quote:
Originally posted by poisoned candy from strangers:
I-I mean my friend has petted the penguins and puffins there a few times.

If you go in the children's zoo, you can pet rabbits and turtles and stuff. Legitimately. They may look at you funny if you don't take a kid, though. You can borrow mine if you want. Just check their backpacks for goats before you leave [Big Grin] .

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Snopes.com is the online reference guide to urban legends. It traces this bird tale back to 1993, when a hyperactive child visiting the Dudley Zoo in Britain supposedly hid a penguin under his jacket. Later, his mother found the bird flapping in the bath, legend says.
Shouldn't that read "Snopes.com is the online reference guide to urban legends"?

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quote:
Originally posted by Izzy Quigley:
quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
pob14, I first read yours as, "...all we took home was a stuffed tiger...a park map, AND one of the goats in the Children's Zoo..." [Eek!]

...which would be even harder to fit in a backpack.
Yes, but on the other hand, by the time you got home there'd no longer be a backpack to worry about.

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A penguin chick was birdnapped from a collection (Amazon World IIRC) in the Isle of Wight. To my knowledge it was never recovered.

The penguin in a backpack storyline was use in Grange Hill (UK kids TV series) about 20 years back [Smile] (Llewtrah shows her age)

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It’s black and white: Tale of lost penguin 'a ruse'

Maybe the release of "Happy Feet" triggered it, in much the same way that "March of the Penguins" is believed to have done so around the same time last year.

However it began, the story making the rounds is more or less the same.

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=169089

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A penguin chick was birdnapped from a collection (Amazon World IIRC) in the Isle of Wight. To my knowledge it was never recovered.
A penguin chick disappeared from Amazon World, true. To the best of my knowledge, there was no specific evidence indicating that it had been abducted from the zoo by humans.

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I cannot speak for all penguins, but the one at Sea World that I got to pet was very, very loud. It would be difficult indeed to smuggle such a creature out without it attracting a lot of attention. We were also told that penguins in general do not like to be picked up. They suffer anxiety when their little footsies don't touch the ground. I'd imagine your average penguin would struggle and make lots of noise if someone tried to birdnap it.

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Though I did hear that the San Diego Zoo once held a black-tie party for their most generous donors, and six penguins managed to sneak out unnoticed as the party broke up.


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Purported purloined penguin positively a prank

All 15 of the African blackfooted penguins at the Georgia Aquarium are safely accounted for.

It's important to say that up front because, if you believe rumors circulating in the midstate, one of the little tuxedoed fellows was supposedly birdnapped in recent weeks by a student from West Laurens High School.

http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/16226083.htm

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