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Tuesday, February 22, 2005


Many of you know that back in Tha Day, I spent a few years working for SeaWorld in the park's Education Department. As you can imagine, I got to do some pretty exciting things - swim with dolphins, work with stranded sea animals, and teach the public about the oceans and the critters that live there. One of my favorite "jobs" (hard to call it a job, since I would have done it for free - actually, considering what I got paid, I practically DID) was doing the Penguin Talk at the park's Penguin Encounter. The Encounter is a remarkable exhibit; six species of penguin, about 300 birds total, housed in a huge facility that simulated both the cold weather (the air temperature inside the enclosure hovers right at 25 degrees) and extreme daylight cycles of the Antarctic regions. During the presentation, I'd bundle up in cold weather gear, and with mic in hand go inside the exhibit and talk to the outside audience about these great birds. Penguins are pretty amazing; highly adapted to live in some of the most inhospitable places in the world, one of the few species left that hasn't been screwed up in some way by humans.

So I was pretty flippin' furious when I saw this.

My fervent hope is that these sick degenerates ("Penguins live in the jungle!") lose all of their money and end up in jail. My PSA for the day: PENGUINS ARE NOT NOR SHOULD EVER BE CONSIDERED HOUSEPETS. IF YOU WANT A BIRD, GET A FRIGGING PARAKEET.


At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

J- The penguin site is in fact a hoax.

-The other J

At 1:35 PM, Blogger RuggerJay said...

Shhh! Don't spoil the joke! Because, you know, when I saw that site I wasn't fooled for a second. No sir. Not me. Like I would have some knee-jerk reaction and email everyone I know about that site and how terrible it is, and in my outrage hastily post some off-the-cuff remarks without first checking to see if, in fact, that site was the real deal. Please.

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