Perky & Friends

The place for random penguin musings and the home of the Linkin Park Penguin

Synchronized Waving for the #Teddy Olympics

So it’s #TeddyOlympics soon!  I had so much fun last year entering the categories and I am sure this year will be equally good, if not better!  In fact I am pretty sure it will be even better than last year because #TeddyOlympics is all about pals and this year I am going to submit an entry for ‘synchronized waving’ with my pals @fluffythefluffy and @SammyTheBetta

I am not sure if the organizers decided to put synchronized waving in as a category this year, but if not I am sure it will be covered by something…  Now to be perfectly honest, I think it’s fair to say Sammy and I are new to this waving malarkey and Fluffy is pretty much the expert.  Given this state of affairs you’d think that Sammy and I would be practicing even more than Fluffy, but I have been assisting the humans a lot, including in the eating of curry, and Sammy has been making a bubble nest – admittedly it’s very beautiful, but it’s not waving is it?!

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Helping humans eat some curry…not waving training

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Making a bubble nest … not waving training

But, although Fluffy obviously needs a lot less training than us, it does appear that there’s been a little bit of slacking from the bunny element of the team…

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Unless that’s a new cookie wave we don’t know about…that is not training either!

However, what we lose from lack of training we make up with pure talent so – (in fact with plenty of sweat involved) – watch this space at the #TeddyOlympics for the bunny, fish and penguin : Synchronized Waving Extraordinary Acrobatic Team!

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WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!

The Adventures of Ellie and Edmond

WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!!

We’re celebrating World Penguin Day with some fun facts and picture about the fabulous flightless birds! We’re wearing our orange tufts to look like Macaroni Penguins, our favorites!

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  • There are 18 species of penguins in the world.
  • All penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Only 8 species of penguins actually live in cold climates.

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  • The Emperor Penguin is the largest species.
  • The Fairy Penguin is the smallest species.
  • Penguins live in colonies.
  • Penguins are marine birds. They spend 75% of their life at sea.

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  • Penguins have up to 70 feathers per square inch.
  • Penguins have excellent hearing.
  • Emperor Penguins can stay under water for up to 15 minutes.

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  • Fossilized penguins have been found that are 58 million years old.
  • Penguins do not have teeth. They have barbs on their tongue and…

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The Tunnel Challenge

The Middlest Sister

I challenge you to hold your breath to the end of this post.

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Good Lucky Elephant No. 9

No it’s not the name of a new perfume, but my new efelant pal – ‘Lucky’ for short.

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Man human has always said ‘no more penguins’, but it appears efelants are acceptable as he brought Lucky home to give Lady human extra support for her big day tomorrow. Number 9 is her lucky number so clearly this is where Lucky belongs.

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However, they have mentioned something in the past about ‘eating the efelant’, so I was a bit concerned for him…But they seem to be treating him well so far so I don’t think it’s literal.  Lady was planning to wear he efelant socks tomorrow so there must be something very significant to it…(personally I think it should be penguin socks).

But I am glad he came today as I was struggling a bit with her – Lucky has helped so much! And we’ve been so good we’ve been rewarded with lots of treats!

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‘En Garde’: A Duel (Film Review) with Dr Red

For those of you who do not know my twitter pal Dr Red Bear and I decided to do a joint review of a penguin and a bear film.  We decided on (any) Care Bears for the bear film and Madagascar 2 for the penguin film.  Here are my reviews and a link to Dr Red’s can be found here

Care Bears

First, I was a bit reluctant to watch Care Bears, but I was persuaded by my twitter pals that I should.  When I got the DVD home either the lady human or Pebbles hid it from me (honest :D).  But then I felt guilty cos Dr Red had bought Madagascar 2 especially for this review so I went off in search for the Bears who Care and started to watch them.

It looked pretty much the same as other DVD’s because it was round and in a box.  Then lady human told me I had to put it in the DVD player….so I watched it properly and this is the review.

I decided to watch the The Giving Festival from the 2 disc pack because it was about a festival the bears organised and decided this sounded like something my bear pals would do.  When organising their festival there is a bad storm and the bears have to set out on a mission to find who is responsible for the storm and see where their princess special guest is because she is late.

This is what it says on the box, but in truth the princess part isn’t that foregrounded in the film and the focus is on the bears finding the cause of the storm and their meeting with the bear responsible (Grizzle).

Like most film plots they succeed in overcoming  the bad guy at the beginning of the film, and then it moves on to a different part of the story where they face more problems.  (I particularly liked the cool looking bear theme park in the clouds that was shown at this point – Woo Woo World).  Eventually a different bad bear comes into it – he’s the one that has kidnapped the said princess  and with their Care Bear magic powers they manage to overcome this bad guy and everyone lives happily ever after (there’s a surprise).

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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I have seen Madagascar 2 several times and it is one of my all time favourites.  It’s not quite Toy Story, but it’s close.  And I especially love it because basically it has flying penguins.  Skipper (he’s a hero of mine you know) and the gang prove that when penguins put their mind to it they really can achieve anything – even though admittedly they do crash:

Skipper:  This is your captain speaking. I have good news and bad news. The good news is that we will be landing immediately [everyone claps] The bad news is, we’re crash landing.  

The film is a sequel to the first film where the animals from Central Park zoo got stranded on Madagascar.  In this film we see them trying to return to the zoo (via the penguin plane), but they crash land in a reserve in Africa.  The main story in the film is that Alex is reunited with his parents.  He has to prove himself as a ‘real lion’ (and not a ‘chocolate lion’) because basically he has become a little bit of a wimp having had all the comforts of captivity (now that’s a phrase that might start a few debates isn’t it?).  The main plot therefore focuses on this, but my favourite parts of the film are as follows:

I like the penguins, who repair the crashed plane and carjack several jeeps leaving tourists stranded in the jungle.  This leads us to a ninja nana character who makes me giggle, but who has frightened me to go close to any old ladies with handbags.

I also like watching and listening to King Julien, who in this film suggests the animals offer a sacrifice to the volcano to appease the water gods.  He also has one of the best lines in the film because as the plane is crashing he says:

‘Raise your arms, Maurice! It’s more fun when you raise your arms up like this, ah ha ha ha!’

Conclusion

I’m sorry to say for bear kind (but think it’s a compliment to my bear friends), apart from being caring they don’t seem anything like the bears I know.  For one, in my opinion my bear friends can sing better!  Plus the narrative structure of the film was a bit disjointed for my penguin liking. Therefore, and not surprisingly, Care Bears wasn’t my favourite film out of the two.  Frankly anything with penguins is going to score 10 out of 10 and just remember ‘cute and cuddly boys cute and cuddly’.

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Creative, Cute or Cruel?

is this an example of penguin cruelty, or do you think it’s creative or cute and cuddly?

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Cuddle Buddy

I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment! And it’s such a cute picture as well! 😀

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Things you do for penguins..

So I saw this and wasn’t going to initially reblog it because I didn’t want to have too many reblogs. However, I keep looking at it and can’t resist any longer…especially as it contains even more pictures of penguins, and you should know by now what I think about penguin pictures!

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Penguins.

They appear to be such innocent, beguiling creatures. So adorable. So darn cute.

Well, from previous experience, I already know they attack. The Adelie penguins that came at me en masse while I took photos around the Aurora Australis will forever be a disturbing highlight of my life. Now I know penguins can lull you into suicidal behaviour.

My friend Sharon and I found ourselves in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego thwarted by boat scheduling difficulties in a last minute attempt to scoot over to the Chilean Antarctic territory of Isla Navarino.

Our Antarctic cravings would have to be satisfied elsewhere. Plan B would have us spying on penguins hanging out on an island a kilometre or two north of the most southerly part of Chile.

We headed off on a bus and zodiac tour with the only Ushuaia company allowed to let touristy types wander respectfully near the penguins…

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again now, and I’ll probably say it many times again – you can never have too many pictures of penguins!

The Last Ocean

Emperor penguins are one of two penguin species found in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Check out our slideshow below, celebrating the lives and times of these amazing birds!

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Penguins are not only perky, they make you feel perky too

So earlier today I put my little orange foot in the water and started up this blog.  But now it’s coming to diving in I’m a bit unsure of how to swim.  A bit strange really considering I’m a penguin – you’d think I’d be good at swimming. 

(Getting wet is actually very bad for my internal foam, which is why I much prefer living in a human’s house).

Forget (metaphorically) diving in then – it feels like I’ve been pushed and I just have to write about something.  And I cannot think of a better first topic than penguins. 

 One of my favourite quotes is that:

                 ‘it’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry’. 

Someone called Joe Moore said it.  Apparently he’s a television personality in America.  Not that who said it really matters because it just sums it up nicely.  Well I say that, but in fact it’s not quite accurate.  In my opinion it’s not ‘practically impossible…’; it is impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.  That is to say that I have never once looked at a penguin (cuddly, real or a picture of) and not smiled.

I hope this blog will have the same result for those who visit it.  And to make sure you’re in the best possible spirits when you click away from this page I’ve included a picture of me and some penguin pals who I’m sure you’ll be introduced to in the coming months.

Perky (and penguin friends)

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