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Giant penguin fools Japanese zoo visitors

Tokyo's Ueno Zoo decided to pull an April Fools' prank, annoucing that a giant new species of penguin would be unveiled on April 1.

It turned out to be a guy in a penguin suit:

Agence France-Presse reports:
"A great discovery!" blared the special news release by the Ueno Zoo, saying the Tonosama (Lord) Penguin was 165 centimeters (five feet, six inches) tall and weighed 80 kilograms (176 pounds).

As the cameras rolled, the real penguins rose their beaks and gazed up at the purported Lord — but then walked away disinterested when he took off his penguin face to reveal himself to be zoo director Teruyuki Komiya.
AFP doesn't report on the human visitors' reaction. In America, people probably would have demanded refunds, if not actually filed lawsuits.


Anonymous said...


sorry...just had to. 

Posted by newshutr

Anonymous said...

I'm not personally familiar with the Ueno Zoo, but the story on Yahoo seemed to say that this was an annual event: every April Fool's Day, some zoo employee dresses up as an animal.

I might have just misread the photo caption, though... 

Posted by Joe

Anonymous said...

The caption does say there is an annual event to display a human being in the zoo, but whether people knew that this  supposed new species of penguin would be the human in question is debatable. Apparently everyone got the joke, though. 

Posted by GaijinBiker

Anonymous said...

Either way that's a great picture. 

Posted by gindy



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