BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Pic: Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen/BNPS Flippery when wet... Wrong choice...A group of Penguins short cut to the sea ended in a muddy mess. The colony of flightless birds were gathered on a place called Salisbury Plain in remote South Georgia when a huge mud lake poured across the ice and separated them from the water. Thousands of the cute creatures began waddling around the muck and took the longer, cleaner route to reach the ocean but a handful decided to swim for it with hilarious results. Within seconds the King Penguins - Aptenodytes Patagonicus in Latin - were covered from beak to webbed feet in oozing slime. The embarrased penguins emerged encased in stinking mud before finally reaching the sea and throwing themselves into the ice-cold ocean for a much-needed wash.