Tell Me Mrs Penguin, How's the New Man in Your Life?

Daily Mail (London), March 28, 1998 | Go to article overview

Tell Me Mrs Penguin, How's the New Man in Your Life?


Byline: PAULA BATTERS

ALL this modern talk about New Men and House Husbands and how today's male is taking on a more supportive role in home life is really not all that revolutionary, according to a woman who knows.

Donna Dawson says that if we took a closer interest in the animal kingdom we could learn a lot - particularly from the 32 birds in the penguin colony at Edinburgh Zoo.

The psychologist and behaviour expert has discovered there is much more to the penguin community than is revealed in the waddling parade they put on each afternoon for zoo visitors.

She said: 'Humans could learn a lot from penguins. Penguin dads are the first of the New Men when it comes to looking after their young. They are responsible for most of the egg incubation, giving mum the responsibility of shopping for food.' They have human-style problems too, she says, such as fall-outs with partners and neighbours, but they tend to have a better nature.

'They are loyal, loving and nearly always faithful, which is a lot more than can be said for us.' Miss Dawson, whose work is sponsored by biscuit company McVities, makers of the biscuit named after her study group, added: 'Penguin colonies are no different from your typical city. …

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