'Happy Feet' Not So Happy, Penguins Endangered by Melting Ice, Overfishing

Publication: ABC News

Author: Bill Blakemore


11/27/2006 - While a young emperor penguin named Mumble and his friends dance in animated joy rocking movie houses across the United States in the hit film "Happy Feet," many of their real life counterparts are struggling to stay alive, say scientists and environmental groups."These animals that have wiggled and tap danced their way into the hearts of people around the country are in serious trouble," Josh Reichert, director of the Environment Division of The Pew Charitable Trusts, told ABC News.

Extensive over-fishing, human encroachment, and effects of global warming appear to be having a devastating cumulative effect on many penguins, say experts.

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