Discover Yahoo! With Your Friends

close
 

YOUR FRIENDS' ACTIVITY

    The Sideshow

    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."

    More popular Yahoo! News stories

    Gingrich walks out of interview with UNC Daily Tar Heel, reporter says; Newt's campaign responds: 'Facts not fiction, kid'

    Penguins, flying first class, delight passengers on Delta flight (VIDEO)

    Nazis get their own lobbyist on Capitol Hill

    3,500 comments

    • EMILY  •  9 mths ago
      EVEN ANIMALS HATE HIM
    • 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.
    • All the Pope's Secrets Are Beginning to Leak Out

      Today, Pope Benedict XVI announced plans to live out his retirement "hidden from the world." That should come easy, considering how successful the Vatican has been at keeping secrets under wraps during his seven-year papacy. 

    • Julianne Hough On Shaving Her Head, Disastrous First Date & Covering Ryan Seacrest's Eyes During Safe …

      Julianne Hough made headlines this week over her confession that "one day" she plans to shave her head.However, don't mourn the blonde's locks just yet - she won't be going the way of Miley's pixie cut anytime soon!

    • Rusty Couples again thrives at Riviera

      PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Rusty though he was after playing very little golf for five months, Fred Couples once again found form at his beloved Riviera Country Club in the Northern Trust Open on Thursday. The former world number one, who is competing in the PGA Tour event for a record 31st time, opened with a three-under-par 68 at a venue he ranks as one of his all-time top three on the circuit. ...

    • Beyoncé's Real Life Is a Self-Centered Nightmare

      In Beyoncé's new documentary about Beyoncé co-directed by Beyoncé there's a shot of her flying in a helicopter checking her iPhone. As we see the real world below, the world of people who don't get to take those luxurious rides, Beyoncé says the following, in Beyoncé voiceover: "I think people have an idea in their heads about entertainers, celebrities. I think they feel like their lives are so perfect, and it's really hard to go through painful experiences when you're in the public eye, because it's hard to have closure. ...

    • How Obama Wants the U.S. to Be More Like Saudi Arabia

      You’ve heard that the U.S. could, in the coming decade, produce more oil than Saudi Arabia. In his State of the Union speech, Barack Obama asked the country to act more like big oil producers such as the Saudis and Norwegians by skimming off some of that oil money and investing it in programs to bolster prosperity when the oil is gone. To wit,

    • Why Didn’t Carnival Evacuate the Passengers from Its Stricken Cruise Ship?

      As the stricken Carnival Triumph is towed back to port in Mobile, Ala., the 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members stranded aboard are understandably restless. They’ve been stuck on board the ship since Sunday morning, when a fire in the ship’s engine room knocked out its propulsion system, leaving it stranded in the Gulf of Mexico.

    • Gay rights groups say U.S. sport reaching 'tipping point'

      (Reuters) - The decision by American soccer player Robbie Rogers to come out as gay on Friday was hailed by rights groups who believe sport in the Unites States is reaching a "tipping point" in accepting homosexual players. The 25-year-old former Leeds United and U.S. international wrote a blog post about his struggle keeping his sexuality a secret and that he is leaving the game. ...

    • Mother’s ‘Newborn’ Photos for 13-Year-Old Adopted Son Go Viral

      When new parents bring home their adorable baby from the hospital, they usually want to share their joy with the world. And lately, many people have hired professional photographers to capture their precious newborns' early days. But it's not only biological parents who want photos of their little ones -- nor do the kids have [...]

    Follow Yahoo! News