Le Pingouin is probably not what you think it is.
|Discovered over the weekend that le pingouin is not a penguin, but a type of auk known as a Razorbill.|
|The French translation for penguin is manchot. |
Apparently, this is a common error. Not surprising since many languages clearly have some sort of agreement on penguin: pingüinos (Spanish), pinguine (German), pikkewyn (Afrikaans), pinguino (Italian), pingwiny (Polish), pingvinfélék (Hungarian), pingüim (Portugese).
Images nabbed from here and here.