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Penguins hitch rides north of the border.

In alaska, amazing story, American News, bird, birds, crazy, Crazy news, Global Warming, happy feet, humboldt penguins, illegal immigrants, natural world, Odd News, penguins, pets, south america, United States, USA, wild animals, World News on June 8, 2007 at 7:48 pm

  

How did the penguin cross the border? The question has vexed biologists ever since a Humboldt penguin, native to South America, was found off the coast of Alaska in 2002.

Now they have a likely answer: The flightless bird hitched a ride on a fishing boat.

“Penguins are kind of cute. People like them, and they’re pretty easy to pick up,” said Dee Boersma, a conservation biologist at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Boersma and graduate student Amy Van Buren looked at a series of possibilities for the out-of-place seabird and concluded the boat ride is the best explanation.

They speculate that other penguins spotted in North American waters, although very rare, may also have traveled by fishing boat.

A study on the Humboldt penguin’s trek is published this month in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology

        Happy Humboldt penguins

Check out this video of a cute new baby humboldt penguin at the Oregon Zoo.

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