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An Adélie Penguin and his Mate

Miscellaneous Antiquities

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Collection Miscellaneous Antiquities
User collections Cute animals by BirgittaPeippo
Gallery locationNot on display

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Object ID ZBA2283.20
Description No 20. from Players cigarette cards, second series of 25, 'Polar Exploration'. The front shows two birds captioned: 'Player's Cigarettes AN ADÉLIE PENGUIN & HIS MATE'. Reverse: 'An Adélie Penguin and his Mate. These extraordinary little birds are about 18 inches high; they are only to be found on the shores of the ice-bound Antarctic coasts in summer, i.e. from November to March. The penguins feed on quantities of crustaceans—little pink shrimps with which the sea abounds. They know no fear except from the killer-whales and sea leopards. Once on the ice or land they are attracted by any unusual object. The little birds waddle and run in a ludicrous fashion, and their hoarse squawk of surprise at seeing a man caused the members of the expedition unbounded amusement.'
Date made 1916

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials card
Measurements Overall: 1 mm x 36 mm x 67 mm
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