Flipper-ing fool! Hilarious footage shows silly oblivious penguin trying to wash himself against a dried-up cliff
Hilarious footage shows silly penguin waiting for a shower of water from dried up cliff.
Unlike the rest of his rockhopper penguin pals, this monochrome male tried to jump the queue and get under the trickling water only to have chosen the wrong spot.
Unbeknownst to him that section of the cliff had dried up and no longer flowed like a mini-waterfall like in previous times.
Hoping his luck would change he waited for the ‘shower to turn on’ for a long time according to Falkland Islands Television (FITV) who filmed him on Saunders Island, Falkland Islands.
Paula Fowmes, station manager of FITV, originally from Stafford, Staffordshire, said the feathered friend stood around for ‘ages’ oblivious to why he couldn’t shower like his buddies.
She said: “The Rockhopper penguins return to their nesting site each evening.
“They come out of the water and head up the cliff where they have a quick shower before moving on.
“They form a very polite queue and if one takes too long, they are nudged out of the way by the next in line.
“I noticed one lone rockhopper just waiting for the water.
“I’m guessing it ran with water at some point in the past.
“He was just standing there, waiting for the water to be turned on.
“The poor thing stood for ages, patiently waiting for the water to start.
“I was wondering if he would eventually realise the water wasn’t going to run and then end up joining the queue for another shower.”
There are over 320,000 pairs of Rockhoppers in the Falkland Islands, an estimated 36% of the global population.
Saunders Island is a location in the north-west of the Falklands and boasts wildlife ranging from four different penguin species to elephant seals, albatross, striated caracaras and more.
Paula added: “It’s great how they all wait in line for their turn.
“Something like this is not unusual on Saunders Island, where the rockhopper colony is easily accessible from the Rookery accommodation.”
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