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Dec 30, 2008

Headless penguin continues to thrive at Japanese Zoo

He still manages to stay pretty plump despite his lack of a noodle.

Carry on!

ONLY at a Japanese Zoo, Ben D. Only at... a JAPANESE ZOO!Asahikawa January 05, 2008_-7 by Patoland.

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He must be some sort of Antarctic version of that weird shape-shifting owl.

Von Zeppelin
 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Looks like an interesting (warm and comfy) throw pillow.

warrior rabbit
 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:02 PM

Note to self:

Not all whales eat krill. Look before poking head into ice opening.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:02 PM


 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:08 PM

Damn you global warming! Now the penguins don't have heads! Heehehehehhe

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:08 PM

If you are a fan of avian fiction, as I am, then I am sure you are familiar with the tale that finishes "...and if you venture abroad on dark, moonless, nights, then take care that you are not found by...the Headless Penguin of Fleecy Hollow!"
This is how penguin mothers scare their children to bed, you know.

Tony James
 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:12 PM

Okay...I just spent the last 5 minutes debating with myself whether or not a baby pen-gehn could exist without a head or not. Apparently I need MORE vacation time!

I agree with WR...looks like a very comfy pillow!

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:13 PM

i don't know whether to be moritified from the traumatic no-head-ness, or mortified from the eyeball-melting fluffy cuteness.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:20 PM


[Hang on, I'm sure I've got a spare somewhere in one of these drawers... - Ed.]

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:20 PM

For that matter, we can't know for sure whether Pengy has another wing or a second foot...

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:23 PM

Looks like the tock side of a one-legged wolf to me.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:24 PM

LOL, Teej!

[Heh, maybe we should re-run this one, next Halloween... - Ed.]

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:30 PM

It's creepy and kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
It's all together ooky...

Cousin Itt!

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:33 PM

Still waiting for that one tired old inevitable comment... but don't get me wrong, I won't be disappointed if it never shows up...

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:36 PM

LOL- I, too, spent way too much time trying to figure out if he truly was a headless pengy... that is until I clicked on the link and read the FLIKR comments to the photo... turns out he's just a very shy fluffy pillow and kept hiding from the paparazi. whew. I can rest easy now. : )

putting y'all at eeez
 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:37 PM

Steppy wants to snuggle the headless pengy. Steppy a bit camera shy herself.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:43 PM

This is SO disturbing.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:52 PM

@BouvieGal: don't you mean Cousin Peg(uin)?

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:53 PM

*Refrains from making Teho's expected comment* ;->

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 01:55 PM

I'm more curious as to what Teho is expecting as opposed to where da head went.

Let's face it, those Penguin French Revolution re-enacters are REALLY committed to their work.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:01 PM

That penguin is now fully qualified to be a politician

[Hear hear... hey, I think I figured out where its head is! - Ed.]

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:05 PM

@victoreia--Yes, LOL! Cousin PenguITT!

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:14 PM

Lerrinus & Berthaservant: please discuss quietly amongst yourselves.
Or between. Betwixt?

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:14 PM

Because we can tell by the pixels, ya know...

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:19 PM

AuntieM, go play in the corner with Lerri and BServ.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:24 PM

Okay. Sorry...

*shuffles to the corner*

Would it help if I said I thought it was fuzzy 'tocks at first, before I scrolled far enough down to see the feets?

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:27 PM


 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:31 PM

I lived in Japan a few years ago, and have been to that zoo. I just wanted to let everyone know that about twice a day, they have a penguin parade at that zoo. Yes, a PENGUIN PARADE, where all the emperor penguins go take a stroll through the zoo and everyone gets out their cameras and goes "awww, kawaii!" and the penguins jump around in the snow (if it's December, at least. Which is when I went). It is mind blowing.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:35 PM

Peng designed by Rene Magritte
(Google image search)

Deborah Godin
 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:36 PM

AuntieMame, Lerrinus, Berthaservant -- you may pelt Lu with puddings. They're in the mini-fridge under my desk. (Leave the beers alone, please.)

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:40 PM

Where is he hiding his head?


 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:42 PM

Eskimo bowling pin?

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:42 PM

Nerf bowling, maybe.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:43 PM

I thought it was a polar bear 'tocks before I scrolled down...

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:57 PM

In the end, isn't *everything* 'tocks?

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 02:59 PM

Oh mannnnn, and I just bought a hat for that penguin for Christmas! Dang!!

[Not a problem. There's this snail I know, see... - Ed.]

John E
 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 03:06 PM

"In the end, isn't *everything* 'tocks?"


You'll have to research it, Teho, to see if you can get to the bottom of it.

*wonders what would happen if you drop a Mentos in a bottle of beer...*

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 03:15 PM

maybe he needs a head-cozy .. similar to snail-cozy awhile back.. to tempt his head out of hiding?

Mary (the first)
 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 03:19 PM

He's just nostalgic for his pre-hatched state... isn't he just perfectly oval?!

Boomer's Babysitter
 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 03:36 PM

And THEN I notice the hovertext. Great minds? Twisted minds? You pick.

Boomer's Babysitter
 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 03:36 PM

Great minds twist alike?

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 03:45 PM

Oh man, when I was in Tokyo I was only treated to a pelican parade, no headless-penguin parades. Must have picked the wrong zoo.

This is going to sound so wrong, but even their undead penguins are cuter than ours!

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 03:57 PM

I actually believed it for a bit--after all, I'm well familiar with the festival celebrating Mike the Headless Chicken (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_the_Headless_Chicken ), who actually lived for 18 months WITHOUT A HEAD.

SO HAPPY that didn't happen to this fuzzy fellow!

[Yeah, I think Meg's making a nod to ol' Mike, since he couldn't... - Ed.]

[...not THAT Mike. - Ed.]

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 04:29 PM

That is just ridiculous. Some Japanese anime fan probably decided to construct a headless plush that is to be some new fuzzy cute thing on a dvd somewhere with lots of bid breasted women. Maybe it will come to the US?? I would totally buy that.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 04:34 PM

"bid breasted women"... well I'm *trying* to picture that, I really am...

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 04:41 PM

OT, but is anyone else here as EXCITED as I am to open my Cute Overload desk calendar the day after tomorrow????

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 04:52 PM

It's the economy, man.
Even the pengies can't get a head.

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 04:58 PM

Nice lols, everyone!

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 05:37 PM

The japanese win again!

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 05:37 PM

Aww, it's so much fun here when everyone plays nice....*still traumatized by all the bird and kitteh nuffs*

 |  Dec 30, 2008 at 05:49 PM

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