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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Quite Possibly the Best “Cute Animal” Story Ever…

posted by on November 11 at 13:05 PM

Pigs in boots are cute. And white tigers befriending chimps are adorable… but a sad baby penguin getting cheered up with a goofy looking stuffed toy? The best thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life.*


A baby penguin which had to be separated from its family after a greedy sibling continually ate all its food has found companionship - with this stuffed toy.

The penguin - called Pingu - began to lose weight and appeared weak after its bigger relative regularly helped himself to all the fish on offer.

Concerned keepers were forced to remove Pingu from the enclosure, but at just three-weeks-old the penguin was in desperate need of company.

Staff bought a 3.99 toy penguin from the zoo shop which acts as a surrogate sibling to the chuffed chick - who cuddles up to its new friend all day.

And trust me, you really do want to click over to the for pictures of the little guy and his new BFF.

All together now: Awwww!!!

(Thanks, Nipper.)

*Statement only valid for the next five minutes.

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amazing. thank you! i hope he has larger surroundings than that sad little cement corner he's in right now.

Posted by jayme | November 11, 2008 1:15 PM

This actually made me cry. Fuck. I need to get laid.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | November 11, 2008 1:16 PM

They should have given it a wire mesh penguin. You know, just to see what happens.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 11, 2008 1:25 PM

man, penguins are dumb.

Posted by danhowes | November 11, 2008 1:51 PM

Damn cute ass penguin.

Posted by Original Monique | November 11, 2008 2:17 PM

I have had birds all my life. Laugh if you must, but I have no doubt birds know love. Real love. And loneliness is the absence of love. "Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better" -Albert Einstein

Posted by Vince | November 11, 2008 3:01 PM

Stay away from those puffins.

Posted by Sirkowski | November 11, 2008 3:13 PM

That is going to be one fucked-up penguin. Imagine a kid who has a mannequin instead of friends.

Posted by James Jackhammer | November 11, 2008 3:16 PM
9 has a "cute or sad?" category specifically for stuff like this. cute? or heartbreaking? you decide!!

Posted by sara | November 11, 2008 3:38 PM

Where are the two gay penguins that raised Tango? Are they still fostering?

Posted by yucca flower | November 11, 2008 3:55 PM

Cute until he reaches adolescence and realizes his only "friend" has no orifices.

Posted by emma's bee | November 11, 2008 4:03 PM

And all these same cooing hypocrites will turn right around and call you sick for getting a RealDoll.

Posted by quinapalus | November 11, 2008 4:37 PM

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