Tonosama Lord of the Penguins

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/japana…,” AFP, 1 April 2005, http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/japanaprilfoolanimalsoffbeat (from Riding Sun).

Emperor penguins looked up in awe as Tokyo’s main zoo unveiled its latest addition — a giant penguin said to be suspiciously close in height and weight to a human.

“A great discovery!” blared the special news release by the Ueno Zoo, saying the Tonosama (Lord) Penguin was 165 centimeters (five feet, six inches) tall and weighed 80 kilograms (176 pounds).

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As the cameras rolled, the real penguins rose their beaks and gazed up at the purported Lord — but then walked away disinterested when he took off his penguin face to reveal himself to be zoo director Teruyuki Komiya.

The press release — which stressed the newly discovered animal would be unveiled on April 1 — said the giant penguin’s favorite food was “white fish meat with soy sauce.”