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Friday, March 18, 2011

Even Penguins Need to Stretch Their Legs on Long Flights


Penguins Adam Foster FLICKR Everyone knows that penguins can't fly, but that doesn't mean that they don't need to get up and stretch their legs on long, cross-country flights.

Similar to the television appearances that I do on behalf of National Wildlife Federation, my friend Julie Scardina of SeaWorld goes on TV with live animals to help educate and inspire people to protect wildlife.

Sometimes, the animals for a TV segment that is being shot in Los Angeles or New York City have to be flown in from other parts of the country.

In the case of penguins, Julie and the SeaWord animal trainers have struck a deal with the airlines that not only gets the birds out of their travel crates on these flights but also gives the human passengers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

One such passenger captured the experience on a cell phone video.

And here's a similar video with a comedic voiceover provided by none other than "David Attenborough" himself!

Sadly, many penguins species are on the decline, in large part due to the effects of global climate change.

Photo of penguins by Adam Foster via Flickr Creative Commons.