Penguin Bites Newt Gingrich at a St. Louis Zoo

Filed in Gather Politics News Channel by on April 17, 2012 0 Comments

Newt Gingrich got more than he planned for at a St. Louis Zoo when he was bit by a penguin on a private tour. Some would call this karma, while other would say just a fluke.

The 68-year-old US Representative, who wrote the foreword in the book “America’s Best Zoos: A Travel Guide for Fans & Families,” is known for his love of zoos. The incident itself happened at the St. Louis Zoo on Friday, April 13, 2012, on a paid private tour.

Perhaps the penguin, one of the two Magellanic penguins at this zoo, wasn’t a Gingrich fan, as he nipped the politician’s finger. Thankfully the injury wasn’t serious, and only required a band-aid. It’s funny to imagine the looks of shock that must have been on the faces of the zoo staff. Too bad there isn’t a YouTube video out there of the incident.

Gingrich was in the area for the National Rifle Association convention, and was able to speak later to the gun owners without a problem.

According to story at, this zoo was one of many Newt Gingrich has stopped at while on his campaign trail. Other cities where he visited zoos include San Diego, Des Moines and New Orleans.

Want to take the same tour, and perhaps thank the penguin? Book now, as the official St. Louis Zoo site says private tours must be booked 3 weeks in advance. The tour was a one of a kind event for Gingrich.

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