Archive for February, 2014

This Penguin Can Fly

February 23, 2014

As told to the Penguin Post a special penguin-shaped hot air balloon will become the newest addition to the ever growing fleet owned by Gloucestershire, England based Exclusive Ballooning as they celebrate their 15th birthday.

A Facebook competition is also running until Wednesday to decide upon a name for the balloon.

The penguin is the result of a design competition, where hot air ballooning fans were invited to submit online designs for a character balloon with the winning design being turned into reality. The winning design is based on a character from a sketch by Bristol,UK based artist Tom Moore.

The 70,000 cubic feet penguin shape hot air balloon will be built in Spain by specialist manufacturer Ultramagic using revolutionary new techniques in order to make this one of the lightest special shapes ever built.

The penguin already has his own website blog following ‘his’ production from sketch to reality and then following his adventures around the world.

Andrew Holly, managing director of Exclusive Ballooning, said: “We love the design of this penguin balloon and think it will make a real splash at the balloon festivals it will be visiting around the world. This balloon will be a real crowd-pleaser and Tom has done a great job in designing something simple and easy to identify with. Everybody loves a penguin.”

You can say that again.

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Penguins Given Anti-Depressants

February 8, 2014

One would think that penguins are use to bad weather, but the Penguin Post has learned that the penguins in a British animal sanctuary are so miserable about the current state of the weather in the U.K. they are being given antidepressants. It seems the constant wind, rain and snow that has lashed the country this winter has the Humboldt penguins at the Sea Life Centre in Scarborough down in the dumps, the Guardian reports. “Humboldts in the wild on the coast of Peru and Chile can be subjected to some pretty wild extremes of weather,” curator Lyndsey Crawford told the Guzelian news agency. “What they don’t get though is weeks of almost daily downpours and high winds. “After the first week out birds were just a bit subdued, but after over a month now, they are thoroughly fed-up and miserable, much like the rest of us.” This is not the first time the animals have become anxious from a change in routine. Three years ago, they became stressed after a trespasser broke into their enclosure and had trouble producing eggs again. The antidepressants are being administered to try to circumvent any more serious symptoms that might arise as a result of the penguins’ misery. “They’re doing the trick so far, but we are all praying for the weather to change and at least a few successive days of sunshine to give the penguins the tonic they really need,” said Crawford.

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