If penguins had the right to vote in presidential elections there is a good chance that at least one penguin at the St. Louis Zoo would end up registering as a Democrat. That is because the little guy went after Newt Gingrich hard this week, biting the Republican presidential candidate on the finger as he visited with zoo officials.
Gingrich was sputtering along on the campaign trail on Friday when he visited with the penguin that would go on to take a little nip out of Newt’s finger. Later in the day the veteran politician was spotted wearing a small bandage to cover up the bite mark.
Perhaps the penguin disagrees with Newt’s stance on gun laws, after all he was in St. Louis to speak with the National Rifle Association (NRA) at the organization’s annual meeting.
Newt was attending an outing at Forest Park Zoo where he was asked to take a private “behind-the-scenes” look at two of the parks Magellanic penguins. When he got a little close to comfort one of the penguins attacked.
Following the incident Gingrich was treated to a small bandage by zoo workers and according to Zoo spokeswoman Susan Gallagher that was all the medical attention that was required from the attack.
Spokesman R.C. Hammond chimed in regarding the attack:
“Newt is a zoo fan. He will be back.”
There’s an important lesson to be learned here, when even penguins are trying to clue you in that it’s time to leave the campaign trail perhaps you should stop spending money you don’t have and call it quits.
[Image via ShutterStock]