When Animals Attack! Newt Gingrich Bitten By A Penguin

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Apr. 17 2012, Published 10:00 a.m. ET

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Apparently Newt Gingrich was never taught not to pet animals at the zoo!

During a visit to the St. Louis Zoo on Friday, the Republican presidential contender and animal lover paid a visit to the penguins, getting a little too close for comfort to one of the flightless birds– and has the details.

Gingrich was visiting the zoo’s penguin collection on a private tour, when one of their two Magellanic penguins bit his finger. 

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"During that visit, as Speaker Gingrich indicated in an interview with a national media outlet, he was nipped on the finger by a penguin," zoo public relations director Susan Gallagher said in a statement.

But luckily for the politician, his wounds were not fatal.

"A band-aid took care of the injury."

The politician is not letting his injury get in the way of his love for zoos though. 

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

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