Penguin Valentine Party

The Penguin Post has learned that for the third year in a row, the Cal Academy of Sciences hosted a Valentine’s party for their African penguin colony.  Members of the public were invited to write Valentine messages on non-toxic cardboard heart-shaped cards for the birds.  Biologist Brooke Weinstein said the penguins love the cards for nest-building purposes and welcome the event as a change of pace.  One of the penguins, (generally the male of the bird-couple) will waddle over and take the card out of the biologist’s hand, then return to their cave, adding it to the nest.  The birds are always working on their nests, and sometimes will even take to retrieving starfish from the bottom of the tank to use as nest-building material, but today it’ll be red hearts with messages of love.

Biologist Brooke Weinstein gives penguins Valentine cards made by the public on Feb. 13, 2012.

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