August 20th, 2003

ronin

INCOMING PENGUIN!!!!! (Dives for cover.)




The penguins at the St. Louis Zoo are eager to make new friends - perhaps too eager.

A few of the cute and curious oceanic birds have launched themselves over the plexiglass wall that separates their man-made habitat from the public walkway. Several have even struck unsuspecting Zoo patrons since the new Penguin & Puffin Coast opened in May.

"We designed the exhibit to be fairly interactive," said Mike Macek, the Zoo's curator of birds. "I knew a few would jump before they became familiar with the limitations."

During the exhibit's first two months, Zoo workers would routinely arrive in the morning to find a few penguins pacing the walkway unable to get back into the exhibit.

Macek attributed the penguins' audacious behavior to the species' fearlessness and lack of intelligence.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/AEDC51165AD1879486256D880016F2A7?OpenDocument&Headline=Flightless+but+feisty

The zoo had no comment when asked if those targeted for "penguin bombing" were employees of a certain large Redmond, Washington-based software corporation...