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All Black Penguin

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. 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. 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.

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Comments on: "All Black Penguin" (6)

  1. well black draws heat so I don’t blame em. lol

  2. awww, i hope the other penguins dont reject him. orangutans to that to one another. like on niptuck they operated on one bc they were afraid her mate might kill her bc he thought she was ugly.

    who knew animalz were superficial?

  3. …Get y’all black tees on
    All black everything
    Black cards, black cars
    All black everything
    And our girls are blackbirds…

    So it’s very obviously a GIRL penguin. 🙂

  4. i wonder if he can tap dance like the homies on ‘happy feet’?

  5. Those researchers are racist.


    And @mdc, I’ll bet you that penguin’s name is Bojangles or something like that…Bopengles. Yeah, it’s probably Bopengles.

  6. I’m really enjoying the comments on here, lol!!

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