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Old 03 October 2018, 08:05 PM
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Default A worldwide penguin shortage has forced a UK zoo to use fake penguins

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There are few things more adorable than a penguin's waddle - but if you're heading to the United Kingdom's Telford Exotic Zoo in hopes of getting a glimpse at these flightless birds in action, you may want to delay your trip.

That's because the zoo is currently using penguin figurines in response to a outbreak of avian malaria, The Daily Mirror reported Tuesday.

The zoo had been expecting a delivery of six Humboldt penguins in July, Telford owner Scott Adams told the BBC, but the worldwide shortage has instead forced it to fill its empty enclosure with plastic versions of the real thing.
I think I understand why they decided to do this, but it seems like leaving the enclosure empty with signs up as to why would have been a good way to call attention to the affects of avian malaria.
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Old 03 October 2018, 08:39 PM
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Well, they could probably still put up similar signs explaining why all the penguins are fake! If they were trying to pass them off as real, they've blown it already...

Although I'm not sure that the BBC version of the story made it clear that they'd been there since July. Maybe they did get away for a while with pretending they were real and having signs up explaining why they were standing very still.
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And a member of the staff will dress up in a penguin costume over the holiday season "so at least the children will have something to enjoy," Adams said.
Some English schoolboy is going to need a pretty big backpack ...

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Old 04 October 2018, 12:36 PM
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Some English schoolboy is going to need a pretty big backpack ...
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If they were indistinguishable from "real" ones, I don't see any issue.
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Old 04 October 2018, 02:35 PM
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How could fake penguins be indistinguishable from real ones?
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Old 04 October 2018, 02:38 PM
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They are plastic figurines. If the zoo was trying to pass them off as real it would be an issue. But saying they're "indistinguishable" isn't really the point.
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Old 04 October 2018, 03:00 PM
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Was that a response to my question, or to Ganzfeld's post that I was replying to?
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Old 04 October 2018, 11:27 PM
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Smile and wave boys, smile and wave, and blame the shortage on Batmen.

"No kids, they're not plastic, they're just pining for the fjords."
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How could fake penguins be indistinguishable from real ones?
Animatronics. In tuxedos.

Well, except for replicants or animatronic taxidermy maybe they can't but, that being the case, I don't see any issue with fake ones. If they're easily distinguishable from real ones then what's the point of a sign? (Although fake or empty, sign about avian malaria would be good; I agree.)
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Indeed - hello Bonnie!
Hi, Richard W!

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Hi Bonnie!

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Hi again, thorny locust!
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Animatronics. In tuxedos.
I almost suggested animatronics.
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