Incredibly Penguin Meets Horse!

The Penguin Post has learned of the rarest of meetings in the wild.  A herd of horses on the Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic Ocean, were treated to quite a delightful surprise recently as a King penguin decided to waddle on by for an unexpected visit. a09ba1d1eec259d9adcc5fbfa1bece1fcfac97d9e6df1d1ddf9db6e1f5e37f69As photos show, the horses couldn’t have been happier with their regal-looking guest.  Sarah Croft, an officer from Falklands Conservation, explained that she had just finished feeding the herd when their ears suddenly perked up as the penguin approached, and fortunately she had her camera on her to capture this encounter. 0bc8cb671ba65adf085d954bf2f080e43211ce32df266b301a0b5f90e8e2e1d8“He caught all of their attention. From afar, the horses were just curious, but then the penguin got closer and some of the horses came in for a closer look,” she said. “They’ve never seen a King penguin before, so I think they were quite fascinated with what it was.” ddb58896b3d08ecb5bf0f1c76bd2677da5b39a474b7e51abce70c2423680db9cThe penguin, who had wandered inland from the nearby coast, seemed at ease as the large, curious animals all gathered around to check him out.  Given the King penguin’s far-southern habitat, such a meeting between these two species isn’t likely to occur anywhere else on the planet, says Croft: “You don’t see horses and penguins overlapping very much. I think it’s a uniquely Falklands encounter, and even here the penguins mostly stay in their colonies near the shore.  But, as we have horses on the Falkands, and it’s right in the northern range of the King penguin I guess anything can happen.” falkland-islands-mapDespite the differences in their size, species, and formality of their attire, the unlikely reunion between penguin and equine was surprisingly pleasant.”I’ve never come across anything like it before,” said Croft. “It was just one of those moments — very novel, quite unique. Just seeing it, I was amazed.”

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