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Was on a train yesterday and a woman got on with a penguin!

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VivaLeBeaver Sat 23-Apr-11 12:34:34

Sat on the train and a woman comes racing up with a bundle under her arm. Sits down with this thing wrapped in a jumper which is sort of growling and hissing. The guard comes over for her money and she tells him she's got a penguin and she's taking it to the zoo which is at the next stop.

Guard looks a bit closer at the bird and points out that its a guillimot not a penguin. I'm now wetting myself with laughter. The woman asks the guard if the guillimot would have escaped from the zoo. The guard tells her its a wild bird and to go and put it back on the beach. She'd tied it's beak up and everything with a shoelace!!!!

I hope the poor bird is OK after been scooped up by a barmy OAP but it was so funny. grin

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pinkyonthebeach Sat 23-Apr-11 12:35:53

no wayyyyyy!!

bubbleandsqueaks Sat 23-Apr-11 12:43:45


VajazzHands Sat 23-Apr-11 12:44:18


VivaLeBeaver Sat 23-Apr-11 12:49:56

In fairness to her at the zoo up the road they do have those little penguins - Humboldts? So she didn't think it was a massive Emperor penguin. But they do still look very different.

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D0G Sat 23-Apr-11 12:51:28

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lockets Sat 23-Apr-11 12:53:26

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YesWhat Sat 23-Apr-11 12:53:57

How the heck did she catch it?!

albania Sat 23-Apr-11 12:54:52

can you imagine if she had actually turned up at the zoo with it?

BinEnd Sat 23-Apr-11 12:54:55

grin that's hilarious.

I wonder how many other animals she has "rescued" in her time!

ChristinedePizan Sat 23-Apr-11 12:55:03

How the hell do you catch a guillemot?

That is brilliantly bonkers

You'll be contacted by hacks about this story Viva, mark my words

beautyspot Sat 23-Apr-11 12:56:10

So instead of pick pick pick (ing) up a Penguin she got got got a Guillimot

(some of our younger viewers won't get this will they)

ratspeaker Sat 23-Apr-11 12:57:05

That takes the biscuit!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 23-Apr-11 12:57:35

Another woman on the train said the guillemots often get tired from too much flying out at sea. Just manage to get to the beach and then lie there exhausted while they recover.

I wish I'd taken a photo! I think the train guard was thinking "bloody tourists".

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Frimblypoo Sat 23-Apr-11 13:01:05

I laughed so hard a bit of wee came out!
Thank you!

ChristinedePizan Sat 23-Apr-11 13:01:29

Gosh, I didn't know that about guillemots - I shall have a look out for shagged out ones in future

BalloonSlayer Sat 23-Apr-11 13:03:50

beautyspot it perhaps should go:

"if you feel a little ga-ga-ga
g-g-g-grab you a guillemot."

foxinthewoods Sat 23-Apr-11 13:11:22

I'm hysterical here. Tied up it's beak...oh my god!

This has got to be in Classics.

usualsuspect Sat 23-Apr-11 13:14:01


DegreesCelcius Sat 23-Apr-11 13:22:08

Thought it was going to be a joke!
"Have you heard the one about the woman and a penguin on a train?"

Butterbur Sat 23-Apr-11 13:24:23

Knowledgeable guard!

LaurieFairyCake Sat 23-Apr-11 13:27:30

That is hilarious and so eccentrically British

"Right yes Vera, I'll just get the wee chook and wrap it in my scarf and take it to the zoo and we'll have a cuppa afterwards"

MadameOvary Sat 23-Apr-11 13:28:24

It's definitely possible. I know a woman who recieved an Asbo for encouraging and feeding seagulls...

TheDreadPirateRabbits Sat 23-Apr-11 13:29:28

I just sniggered coffee out of my nose grin

And now I've got the Monty Python roll call of sea bird treats running through my head (stormy petrel on a stick anyone?)

blinks Sat 23-Apr-11 13:33:47

like a gary larson cartoon

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