Some penguins (dressed to the nines in their tuxedos, as usual) were overheard aboard an Emirates B777 freighter in flight from JFK to DXB, proclaiming: “Hey—It’s snowing in my pants!”
The penguins, all twenty of them a combination of both Gentoo and King breeds, were purchased by Ski Dubai.
Ski Dubai, by the way, is that famous, humongous reefer masquerading as an indoor ski resort inside the Dubai Shopping Mall—the one that has an elevation about as high as Hunter Mountain in upper New York State.
Now along with the schussboomers, Ski Dubai has hot chocolate, penguins and other Alpine idyll, while folks in sandals and shorts peer at the action through triple plate glass windows from inside the shopping mall.
The penguins were joined on the B777s’ main deck by four racehorses from Godolphin, one of the world’s most successful racing stables.
“Precious animals require specific care and attention,” said Hiran Perera, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Cargo Freighters. “We put the penguins on the main freighter deck where three attendants could watch and care for them.”
The challenge was welcome and interesting. We packed additional ice and snow, and sprayed the penguins with water to cool them throughout the more than 12-hour flight,” Hiran added.
Source: Geoffrey/Flossie Flying Typers
Photo: Tim Davis
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