Penguin Bites Newt Gingrich

Among the many earthly beings who already dislike Newt Gingrich (primary voters, a few ex-wives, et. al) we can now add... penguins.

Reuters reports:

Newt was nipped on the finger by a penguin during a private tour of the famous St. Louis zoo on Friday before he spoke to the National Rifle Association convention, zoo officials confirmed on Monday.

Gingrich, who is trailing in the Republican race for the White House and is under pressure to withdraw, passed unscathed through Big Cat Country and avoided contact with the crocodiles in the Herpetarium. But his visit took a turn when a Magellanic penguin pecked at the candidate's hand.

Newt will be fine; according to the zoo's PR director, "A Band-Aid took care of the injury." But let's talk about that penguin: Was the attack politically motivated? An indictment of the NRA? An undercover Greenpeace operative? Bill Clinton in a tiny penguin suit?? Readers, get out your tin foil hats.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at April 17, 2012, 6:08am

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