Jealous penguins throw poo at panda mad Edinburgh Zoo
PENGUINS are tossing poo at the punters at Edinburgh Zoo. The Rockhopper penguins are on Corstorphine Hill, a spot that offers them a clear view of the pandas. Have the pandas upset the penguins? Is this a monochrome batter for supremacy in an abundant zoo? Are the penguins siding with Norwegian fishermen?
These are strange times, indeed.
Gary Wilson, Edinburgh Zoo’s director of business operations, tells the BBC:
“Our rockhopper penguins in particular have been watching the events at the panda enclosure below with great interest, ever since work started on the enclosure… Onee or two of our rockhoppers seem to have had surprisingly good aim. We’re just looking into a solution right now, probably in the form of a glass panel so that the visitors’ view of the penguins isn’t obscured.”
A zoo visitor tells us:
“We were queuing to see the pandas when a man in front shouted out in surprise that his jacket had been hit by a big dollop of penguin poo. It just missed me and my family and it was really oily and stank of fish. It was disgusting. It looked like it would be really hard to clean off. It was quite funny but the zoo should do something so it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
And that’s the thing with bird poo: it’s funny what it hits someone else. The zoo should forget the glass wall and just erect targets shaped like famous and infamous native and adopted Scotsmen. Look, there’s Alex Salmond. That’s Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi. It’s Sir Alex Ferguson.
In this Olympic year everything should be a sport. The Animal Olympics may not be expensive, but poo darts offers a way for our Great British penguins to join in…