Tuesday, August 01, 2006

There's An Awful Lot Of Penguins - In Brazil?

Heard about the penguin from Ipanema.
Well, it appears that thanks to global warming the world's most famous beach is the hot new destination for the flightless Antarctic birds.
Each year scores of penguins are washing up on beaches along the coast around Rio de Janeiro, carried there on ice floes that are floating further and further northwards as the polar caps melt.
Life on the beach isn't good for these accidental tourists, however, so, the Reuters news agency reports today that the Brazilian air force and navy are mounting a rescue operation to transport 100 of them back to the South Pole. They will be flown to Brazil's southernmost region, Rio Grande De Sul, and then taken by ship to their Antarctic habitat, a military spokesman told the agency.

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