Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
It's believed that very small babies respond principally to black and white. If that's true, your favorite newborn will respond with pleasure to the Penguin Frolic Baby Quilt. The finished piece measures approximately 50 X 64 inches.
Download a photo and the patterns for the Penguin Frolic Baby Quilt in this four-page PDF.
Friday, December 26, 2008
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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Monday, December 22, 2008
These polar penguin lollipops will add some frosty fun to winter goody bags and Christmas stockings! Also perfect for adding holiday cheer to candy dishes and treat jars! Each 2" sucker is on a 3" stick. Mixed fruit flavor. Individually wrapped. Fat-free.
At Oriental Trading Company for $5.99 Per Dozen
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
This cheerful cap is as cool as can be, but it's sure to keep any child warm. Once you get the hang of knitting from a chart, you may play around with more designs to see which other animals would make a cute hat!
Get knitting instructions here
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Fluffy dancing penguins decorate these white socks to make a whimsical addition to any outfit. Constructed of 75% sensura polyester/25% nylon. Dancing Penguin Socks are adult sizes, woman's 6-11 and men's 5-10.
$8.95 at Whales & Friends
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
These vinyl duckies love the snowy weather! Dressed in colorful hats and scarves, these adorable penguin duckies are sure to add some winter fun to Christmas stockings, yuletide goody bags and more! You can also set them on a holiday dinner table for a cute centerpiece decoration. 2 1/4" - 2 1/2"
$5.99 for a dozen at Oriental Trading Co.
This Christmas, a family of penguins is helping boost the holiday spirit in South Korea.
At an amusement park outside Seoul, five penguins on loan from the zoo welcome visitors with a mini-parade that they will perform daily until Christmas Day.
The "mom", "dad" and three "baby" penguins also put on a show, where handlers dress them up in Santa costumes and let the birds waddle around on man-made snow and ice.
Children will also be able to hold some of the penguins, and even take them on sleigh rides.
Watch a video of the penguins in their Santa suits.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
These vinyl penguins may not dance, but they sure do know how to bounce! Each one is inside a bouncy clear rubber ball! They make cute stocking stuffers or great favors at winter parties. Use them to fill goody bags or as table tossers at a dinner.
$10.99 for 12 at Oriental Trading Co.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
They are as regular as clockwork.
Every night just after sunset, the fairy penguins appear from the cold waters of Bass Strait and waddle up the beach like drunken sailors from a nightspot.
And every morning, at least an hour before the sun considers rising, they are back in the ocean.
It has been like that for many years on Phillip Island, a beautiful part of the world 135km southeast of Melbourne.
they are the lifeblood of the island's economy. Other tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels and everything else, exist because of the public pulling power of the penguins.
The penguins are the No.1 wildlife attraction in Australia. Japanese visitors find them magnetic, and it's easy to see why.
They emerge on Summerland Beach on the Summerland Peninsula like soldiers in little platoons.
They yap, preen and peer, and when all are assembled, they again look like soldiers as, with eyes to the front and wings slightly raised, they advance up the sand and somehow find their home – a burrow full of hungry chicks.
Source: Daily Telegraph
Designed to hang or sit, these resin penguins are ready to frolic on your tree or tabletop. While each one is different, all wear glittery stocking caps to top off your holiday décor! Tie this merry flock to gift bags and wrapped presents.
At Oriental Trading Co, 6 pieces for $7.99
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The five species of breeding penguins in the Falkland Islands will soon be winging their way through letter boxes, appearing on a new issue of postage stamps – Breeding Penguins – which were released this week by the Falkland Islands Post Office.
The colorful set of six stamps comprises head profiles of each type of the five breeding penguins found in the Falklands – Magellanic, rockhopper, macaroni, king and gentoo. An unusual picture of the rare albino rockhopper penguin is also featured.
Source: Merco Press
Monday, December 8, 2008
In late October, Disney released a series of stuffed animals based on digital characters from the company's popular online virtual world Club Penguin.
The plush penguins hit the market at $9.99. "We wanted to keep the price down," says Lane Merrifield, executive vice-president of Disney's Interactive Media Group and the co-founder and general manager of Club Penguin. "We decided this before the downturn, actually. The low prices will help [consumers]. But we also thought that making the toys affordable will allow the brand to be more accessible to more people."
Well, guess what? The Club Penguin Penguins seem to be the "must have" toy for this Holiday. The plush penguins dressed as a cheerleader, fireman, space alien, rock star, etc. have flown off the shelves at Toys R Us and the Disney Stores. A few have made their way to eBay at $20.00 or higher.
They are adorable!
I can understand every kid wanting one - or a whole collection of all THIRTEEN of these little cuties. I'm just happy I'm not searching all the toy stores looking for them!
Take a look at the whole collection at the Club Penguin Penguin Shop.
Friday, December 5, 2008
A couple of gay penguins at Polar Land in Harbin, northeast China, are attempting to steal eggs from straight birds in an effort to become "fathers", it has been reported.
The two penguins have started placing stones at the feet of parents before waddling away with their eggs, in a bid to hide their theft.
But the deception has been noticed by other penguins at the zoo, who have ostracised the gay couple from their group. Now keepers have decided to segregate the pair of three-year-old male birds to avoid disrupting the rest of the community during the hatching season.
"It's not discrimination. We have to fence them separately, otherwise the whole group will be disturbed during hatching time," a zoo a keeper said.
Source: China Daily
A spokesman for the Euregiozoo in Aachen, Germany, says a wild fox broke into a zoo enclosure and killed 13 penguins living there.
The unidentified spokesman said the wild animal forced its way through the enclosure's nylon netting and slaughtered the exhibit birds this week, The (British) Daily Mail said Thursday.
Wolfram Graf Rudolf, the head of the zoo, said all 13 of the penguins were of the Black Footed variety and had originated from Africa's western coast.
Rudolf said the loss of the penguins, whose bodies were found Wednesday, was a major blow to the tourist site and its remaining penguin occupants.
<-----Disturbing photo. (Click to enlarge if you're not squeamish.) Source: UPI
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Up to 75 percent of major Antarctic penguin colonies may disappear if climate change continues to heat up the continent, according to a recent report.
A global temperature increase of 3.6 Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above pre-industrial levels will result in widespread changes to sea ice that the birds depend on for survival.
The temperature increase will, in any scenario, lead to a major reshuffling of colonies of emperor and Adélie penguins—the two penguin species that rely on ice for hunting and breeding.
In addition, there could be marked habitat loss of these iconic birds, said the report commissioned by the conservation group WWF.
The penguins' range is already shrinking, said David Ainley, a penguin expert with H.T. Harvey & Associates of San Jose, California, who co-authored the report.
Up to 50 percent of emperor colonies and 75 percent of Adélie colonies could be affected, the researchers said.
Source: National Geographic
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
We introduced you recently to Tasmania's Big Penguin who was being tested for possibly containing asbestos.
Good news, Big Penguin aficionados! The Big Penguin has been given the all clear, even though it contains asbestos. The report recommends regular inspections, to make sure there is no cracking in the outer shell.