Capitals fans trolling the Pittsburgh Penguins is one thing. A Caps fan trolling an actual colony of penguins is another.
Gracie Lunden is a law student in DC, visiting South Africa on winter break. She didn’t pack her Capitals Stanley Cup shirt with the express intention of burning the Pens, but when she found out there would be penguins on the beach she was visiting on Wednesday, she made sure to wear the shirt to teach those flightless birds a lesson.
“Couldn’t pass that chance up,” Lunden said.
Photo credit: Gracie Lunden
Located near Cape Town, South Africa, Boulders Beach is home to a colony of endangered African penguins.
[Fun side note, the African penguin is also known as the “jackass penguin.” This is because of the loud donkey-like braying noise they make, not because the penguins occasionally turn to a life of crime.]
Lunden unfortunately wasn’t able to watch the entirety of Wednesday night’s exciting clash between the Capitals and Penguins. Due to the time difference, the game started at 2AM in South Africa. But she did watch enough to see Tom Wilson knock out Jamie Oleksiak in the opening minute of Wednesday’s game.
Earlier this year, Caps fan Sampson Coe went viral when he shared a photo of himself in Antarctica, flashing his Capitals Stanley Cup champions shirt in front of a waddle of penguins.
Lunden said that Coe’s photo was definitely the inspiration behind her photo in front of the penguins. “Now penguins on three continents know who is the best.”
Penguins can be found on every continent in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as one species that can be found farther north, on the Galapagos Islands. So for Caps fans planning their vacations, note that there are still penguins left in South America and Australia who need to be schooled on who won the 2018 Stanley Cup.
Headline photo: Gracie Lunden
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