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    Newt Gingrich bitten by penguin at zoo, a place where he loves to go

    Newt Gingrich with a binturong bearcat in 1995. (Joe Marquette/AP)

    Newt Gingrich was bitten by a penguin at the Saint Louis Zoo on Friday during a private tour, zoo officials said.

    The candidate was on the tour before giving a speech to the National Rifle Association convention when "he was nipped on the finger" by a Magellanic penguin, Susan Gallagher, the zoo's public relations director, told Reuters on Monday. A Band-Aid, she added, "took care of the injury."

    Gingrich has made frequent zoo visits a part of his presidential campaign, and he even wrote the foreword to 2008's "America's Best Zoos: A Travel Guide for Fans & Families." He's the GOP's Jack Hanna, if you will.

    [SLIDESHOW: Newt Gingrich: Animal lover]

    In 1995, then-House Speaker Gingrich was bitten on the chin by a baby cougar following a Capitol Hill news conference, drawing a spot of blood.

    "Newt is a zoo fan," Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said. "He will be back."

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    • EMILY  •  9 mths ago
    • John  •  9 mths ago
      bite it back!!!
    • Scott  •  10 mths ago
      why is newt wearing donald trump's hairpiece in that photo?
    • JohnRC  •  10 mths ago
      Geez, I hope the Penguin is ok.
    • Eric  •  10 mths ago
      Meanwhile, the penguins nervously await the result of Newt's rabies test.
    • charlestonian77  •  10 mths ago
      maybe the penguin didnt like the way newt waddled?
    • A Yahoo! User  •  10 mths ago
      I knew the replies to this story would be funny. XD
    • boris  •  10 mths ago
      That is the strangest looking penguin I have ever seen.
    • lg1  •  10 mths ago
      Other penguins heard this one yelled "HEY DON'T TOUCH MY WIFE!!!"
    • Bere  •  10 mths ago
      Best. Penguin. Ever.
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