Penguins Hitch a Ride with Brazilian Military

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Reuters is reporting today that Brazil's armed forces have somehow found themselves in the animal delivery service. The national forces have been enlisted to first fly and then ship over 100 penguins back to Antarctica next month. Apparently, penguins arrive every year on ice floes that melt close to Brazilian shores (this time the lucky birds ended up on the beaches of Rio). And while normally, these Antarctic immigrants are sent off to local zoos, this year's travel accommodations are slightly different: the birds will be transported to Brazil's most Southern point by plane, and then continue their journey by boat, before being dropped off in their native habitat. Currently, there's no word on what sort of in-flight entertainment the navy hopes to provide for the birds, but we'll keep you posted.

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August 1, 2006 - 6:56am
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