Penguin Gets Wanderlust, Travels 3,000 Miles

Magellanic by name, magellanic by game. One penguin took its famous namesake to heart, waddling 5000km—that's 3,100 miles for you non-metric types—from its native Magellan islands in southern Chile to Peru's Paracas national reserve. To put this in perspective, that's like toddling cross-country from New York to California, which can't be a trifling feat for a small flightless fowl.

No explanation for the little dude's solo trek northward, as yet, but we doubt you can pin this one on global warming. Scientists at the reserve have expressed concern that the lone penguin will be rejected by the Humboldt penguins living on site. According to reserve officials, they are attempting to reach their counterparts in Chile to return the erstwhile traveler to its natural habitat. :: Sydney Morning Herald

See also: :: Antarctic Warming to Reduce Animals at Base of Ecosystem, Shift Penguin Populations for a different kind of penguin migration.

Tags: Biodiversity | Chile | Peru

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