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South Korea Santa Penguins Bring Christmas Cheer

  • Jeff Custer

An amusement park in South Korea is invoking the holiday spirit with a festive penguin parade.

A family of nine jackass, also known as African, penguins marched through the Everland amusement park in Yongin Wednesday dressed as Santa Claus, reindeer and Christmas trees.

The parade was led by the penguins' trainers, one dressed as Santa Claus and carrying a fennec fox, also dressed for the occasion.

The jackass penguins, named for the braying sound they make, are found exclusively off the coast of Africa.

Excessive hunting and loss of habit has caused the penguins populations to dwindle, making them a protected species.

The Christmas penguin parade will be featured at the park until the end of the year.