In the spirit of the World Penguin day here are images of the so called “original penguin”. The great auk was the first bird to be called a penguin, even though it does not belong to the same group of birds that we today refer to as penguins. Historical records of colonies consisting of thousands of great auks are known, but the bird went extinct around 1840s when the last individuals were killed by bird collectors. A stuffed specimen of a great auk was bought by the Iceland’s Natural History Museum for $18,000- the most expensive stuffed bird ever sold.
Why are birds so amazing?