I know that summer thus far has been bit of a fizzer, but I don’t think temperatures in Auckland are quite akin to that found in Antarctica.
However, the NZ Herald reports that the police had to rescue a penguin from the harbour-bridge yesterday evening:
But Operations Manager Murray Parker says it took all day to find it. He says when their barrier run was done at three this afternoon the penguin popped its head up. Mr Parker says his staff along with police safely rescued the bird. It appears the penguin walked from the Auckland side, almost to the top of the bridge.
The file picture used is of an Emperor penguin (until now, found only in Antarctica). The Emperor is the world’s largest penguin, and can grow up to 1.2 metres tall. I don’t understand why such a large penguin proved so hard to catch.
Perhaps the Herald doesn’t realize that there is more than one type of penguin. I think it more likely to have been a tiny Blue Penguin, not uncommon in the area.
I am also sad to note that the iconic Pink House on Mission Bay has been repainted in more sober olive hues.
Oh well. Owners Barry and Diane may have done us all a favour. Auckland has a dire shortage of olive and beige-toned houses.