[clug] Origin of Tux

Paul Wayper paul.wayper at anu.edu.au
Mon Mar 12 05:45:41 GMT 2007

tridge at samba.org wrote:
> Duncan,
>  > Tux is actually a fairy penguin. This is a much smaller bird than the Emperor
>  > penguin that zoos like to show off - it's found on parts of the southern coast
>  > of Australia. There's a breeding colony on Philip Island (in Westernport Bay,
>  > 90Km or so SE of Melbourne) where you can see them come in off the sea every
>  > evening. I lived in Canberra in the mid 90s when Linus paid a visit there, and
>  > some of the guys from CLUG (Canberra Linux Users Group) took him down to Philip
>  > Island. I didn't go, but heard shortly afterwards about some kind of biting
>  > incident, so suspect those stories have an element of truth in them.
> The "biting incident" was at the National zoo and aquarium in
> Canberra. I used to have some photos of that trip to the zoo, but lost
> them in a house move (they are probably in some box in my loft).
> Linus already liked penguins before his visit to Canberra, so it is a
> bit hard to say whether the visit to the zoo here was really the
> deciding factor in choosing a mascot, but it makes a nice story :-)
So was it a fairy penguin or an emperor?

Have fun,


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