Animals

Scientists Squabble While Africa’s Only Penguins Perish

Penguins swim together at Boulders beach a popular tourist destination in Simon's Town, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Penguins swim together at Boulders beach a popular tourist destination in Simon's Town, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — They’re cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African Penguins — the...




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