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The New Zealand Fauna Diaries or, Penguin! Sheep!

November 6, 2009

Ok, so I’m going to tell you about the wedding (which was fantastic) and the presents for Lou and Tim (which went down well) in a bit, but I thought I’d begin with some general New Zealand travel stuff, starting with the fauna.

This, my friends, is a close encounter between a sheep and a penguin:

Otago Peninsula Penguin & SheepOtago Peninsula Penguin & Sheep 2

Apparently, these delightful creatures have something of an understanding in that they try not to get in each others way, but I think the penguin had the upper-flipper in this situation.

We got to see them as part of an eco-wildlife tour of the Otago peninsula run by the sustainable environment-friendly Elm Wildlife Tours where we also saw fur seals (beautiful!) and sea lions (slightly scary when they move suddenly, and fast). The yellow-eyed penguins come onto shore at dusk. One moment they’re in the water on their bellies and the next they’re standing and waddling their way up into the hills.

One word: Awesome.

And speaking of penguins, check out this story about a penguin’s love for her zookeeper.

Actually, this does tie in with the wedding a bit, because penguins? They mate for life. For the final event of the bucks/hens day we all met up at the local bar to play trivia. And there was the groom, resplendent in a penguin costume selected by the best man for him to wear for the evening. Then, after the hens right and properly won trivia, the bride in her sparkley veil and the groom in his penguin suit danced and hugged and beamed.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2009 12:58 pm

    hehe great photo!

    • maybenextweek permalink*
      November 7, 2009 5:24 pm

      Thanks! I feel really lucky to have seen/snapped it 🙂

  2. November 10, 2009 11:01 pm

    So cute! I love seeing unexpected animals interact with eachother in quite unexpected ways…

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