A Metaphor Of My Life

I love penguins and I am always looking at articles that star one of my favorite animals. When I saw this I just had to share it with all of you.  It struck me when I looked at this article and picture that this penguin looks so much different than the other penguins and they could have shunned him and he would have went off somewhere and been lonely.  However he held his own and the zookeepers even said he was proud and strong. So he knows he is different, yet he doesn’t care. This is a metaphor of my life. I am different from most people but I am proud of those differences and because of my attitude I am usually accepted in social groups. Yes, this penguin really had me contemplating life today.

All-black penguin discovered

By Stephen Messenger

Photo via Andrew Evans of the National Geographic.

King Penguins are notorious for their prim, tuxedoed appearance -- but a recently discovered all-black penguin seems unafraid to defy convention. In what has been described as a "one in a zillion kind of mutation," biologists say that the animal has lost control of its pigmentation, an occurrence that is extremely rare. Other than the penguin's monochromatic outfit, the animal appears to be perfectly healthy -- and then some. "Look at the size of those legs," said one scientist, "It's an absolute monster."

The under-dressed penguin was photographed by Andrew Evans of National Geographic on the island of South Georgia near Antarctica. As the picture circulated, some biologists were taken aback -- including Dr. Allan Baker of the University of Toronto. His first response was disbelief:

Wow. That looks so bizarre I can't even believe it. Wow.

While multicolored birds will often show some variation, Dr. Baker explains that what makes this all-black King Penguin so rare is that the bird's melanin deposits have occurred where they are typically not present -- enough so that no light feathers even checker the bird's normally white chest.

Andrew Evans:

Melanism is merely the dark pigmentation of skin, fur -- or in this case, feathers. The unique trait derives from increased melanin in the body. Genes may play a role, but so might other factors. While melanism is common in many different animal species (e.g., Washington D.C. is famous for its melanistic squirrels), the trait is extremely rare in penguins. All-black penguins are so rare there is practically no research on the subject -- biologists guess that perhaps one in every quarter million of penguins shows evidence of at least partial melanism, whereas the penguin we saw appears to be almost entirely (if not entirely) melanistic.

Whether or not the all-black look catches on in the penguin fashion world, it's nice to see someone dressing-down for once.

Stephen Messenger is a correspondent at TreeHugger, where this post originally appeared.

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5 Responses Mar 11, 2010

exactly... So many men think it is about the amount of money. It isn't for me... It is about knowing that he really listens to me. I bet you can quiz him on my life and he can tell you a lot about me. Except he thought Silver was my ex lol. Of course i had to point out Silver will never be an "ex" anything in my life lol.

It was adorable, and she did eat it up. He also got her candy in a heart shaped box, and then a stuffed penguin at the aquarium. He is trying hard, that kid. Bless his heart, Sam is not easy to please. She was happy that day, though, for sure.<br />
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You and I (and Sam too) are suckers for thought and effort, not so much for the expense. It makes my heart go pitter pat when it is obvious someone is paying attention to what I like instead of just pulling out the wallet for the first thing that they come across when they force themselves into the mall or jewelry store.

That was cute. I would have eaten that up if that was my present. He is a smooth little guy. Remember DC painted the penguin with blue eyes for me? I couldn't wait to get back to NC and On EP so I could type that message to you. That was probably the least expensive present he ever bought me and you know he bought me A LOT of stuff, but that was probably the most touched I ever was with him except the night Aly asked him where he would be while I was busy swinging and he said... I will be there pushing her of course. He was good to me right up to the f*cked up ending. What the hell is wrong with me tonight?

My daughter loves penguins too, and her little guy took her to the Atlanta aquarium for valentine's day where apparently the first ever penguins have paired up in captivity. Isn't that cute?