Remember, keep your brush on the ice

City hockey fans have yet to recover from the whooping that Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins inflicted on the Ottawa Senators in the playoffs last spring.

Now we hear that Sid the Kid recently took time out from being a shinny phenom to create some art for a charity auction to benefit people stricken with Parkinson's disease.

Is there nothing those penguins can't do? Apparently not.

Behold Patrick, flightless bird, artist, philanthropist. The little critter's work will be part of next Tuesday's Art by Animals auction sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Maybe the on-ice Penguins can put the NHL Senators to shame. But charity or no, we can't let real penguins show up our genuine senators.

Colin Kenny, surely you have some etchings that could fetch a few bucks on eBay for a good cause?


Woodsy said...

IO, OK, so is Senator Penguin pictured here with the Green Party or the Marijuana party? And, is he being traded to another team this year? What are his stats, and who is he "in bed with"? Politics and sports have never made more sense to me... thanks!

The Independent Observer said...

Here are Patrick's stats, Woodsy:

Hatched: Feb. 22, 2004

Birthplace: Baltimore Zoo

Home: National Aviary in Pennsylvania.

Gender: Female. Yes, Patrick was named before her keepers had a chance to check this out.

Name: She is named after the Patrick Division, which is the NHL division that the Pittsburgh Penguins used to play in.

Political affliliation: Patrick is an apolitical penguin.

Turn ons: Swimming, sliding, formal gatherings.

Turn offs: Otters.

Future: Patrick won't be traded. She's a keeper. She hopes to one day attend Penn(guin) State University.

Creative vibe: Patrick creates her unique art piece by placing her feet into some non-toxic tempura paint and then running across the canvas.

Charity: Original penguin paintings are available for purchase in the National Aviary’s gift shop and all of the proceeds of the paintings are used to help birds in the wild.

(Source: www.auctionnetwork.com)

coyote said...

And I just bet she'd taste like chicken... ummm, or would. If, say, an anonymous gourmand were inclined to test the theory.

4th Dwarf said...

Dr Frederick Cook on what penguin tastes like......
“If it is possible to imagine a piece of beef, odiferous cod fish and a canvas-backed duck roasted together in a pot, with blood and cod liver oil for sauce, the illustration would be complete....”

Sounds like your ideal meal, C.

Woodsy said...

So, Coyote, from what the IO and 4D have said, Patrick, the penguin, would not only be an interesting dinner guest but a yummy one too - You got a pot big enough?

coyote said...

4D: Oh, just try to be funny around here, and humourless literal-minded types jump all over it. So, yeah, busted. That is an accurate description of the way penguins taste. And come to that, seals. I have eclectic tastes in dining.

Woodsy: A big enough pot? What can you be referring to...?