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Flightless Birds

Heat and humidity take toll on young Kiwi sensation

James McDonald cut short a difficult introduction to summer conditions, with the heat and humidity forcing the young rider to stand down from the last three of his seven scheduled mounts.

Monday, 2 July, 2012, 12:00am

Polar Adventure for Ocean Park visitors

Fans of Mr Potter's Penguins can meet and greet the film's six animal stars at Ocean Park's new attraction, Polar Adventure, from July 13.

Next door to the flightless birds will be animals from the North Pole, such as spotted seals, walruses, snowy owls and arctic foxes.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Splendid isolation

It is deja vu. At least, it feels that way at first. I stare at the cold sea, topped by white horses whipped up by the unrelenting west wind. Over on the north bank of the sound is yellowish grassland, arid-looking and gently undulating. In places it is sheep-strewn. But mainly it is lonely and empty. Behind me the houses seem to huddle together on the dozen or so streets.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

15 penguin chicks ready to join Polar Adventure

Ocean Park has successfully bred 15 healthy penguin chicks from all of the fertilised eggs that have hatched.

The theme park now has 74 penguins ready to meet the public when its Polar Adventure opens, scheduled for between July and September.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Penguins dance again

Tfilm Happy Feet was one of the surprise animation hits of 2006. The cuddly penguins movin' and groovin' on screen was an instant success, which won them an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

The sequel, Happy Feet Two, which opens in cinemas this holiday season, brings back a lot of what made the original so beloved by audiences of all ages.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

In black and white

During the making of Mr Popper's Penguins, producer John Davis made a startling discovery. 'I found out that actors and comedians love penguins,' he says. 'For the first time in my life, I had six major comedians to choose from - some of whom showed up at my office with penguin statues and said: 'I have to do this movie because I love penguins.''

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Marathon search for fish

An emperor penguin was so focused on his search for food that he didn't notice he was getting further away from home.

He came from Antarctica, right at the bottom of the world. But he was found on a beach in New Zealand. That's 3,200km away.

What a long swim!

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Party with the pet penguins

This summer will see a surge in demand for pet penguins - all thanks to the wacky comedy Mr Popper's Penguins.

Successful real estate developer and divorced father Tommy Popper (Jim Carrey) inherits six penguins as a final gift from his explorer dad. His late father means to stress the importance of family through these loyal and loving companions.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Ahoy, me Hearties! Pirates of Palmerston on South Stand raid

People come to the Sevens on planes, and usually via Cathay Pacific, but in the South Stand, in costume and 'in character', you can say whatever you please. Case in point: 'The Pirates of Palmerston', wannabe buccaneers from New Zealand.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Two toddlers join Ocean Park's penguin parade

Like proud parents, the staff of Ocean Park yesterday announced the birth of two penguins, the first bred in captivity in Hong Kong.

The Gentoo penguins join the park's other 51 penguins, which are expected to meet the public next year.

15 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

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