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  Penguin poo threatens Antarctic hut
Updated 13 February 2003, 17.43
The penguin poo is piling up outside the hut
One of the oldest, most precious buildings in the Antarctic is being threatened - by penguin poo!

The hut was the first dwelling ever to be built on the Antarctic, and it was done by Norwegian explorer Carsten Borchgrevink way back in 1899.

It's withstood the icy Antarctic weather for decades, but now it's at risk because of penguin poo.

Repairs would cost 1.2m

It's thought there's at least 100,000 Adelie penguins in the area.

Repairs to the hut will cost at least 1.2 million
And they like to go the loo around the edges of the hut, but now it's actually piled up against the outside walls and is damaging the building.

The harsh weather is finally starting to take its toll too, so the hut's in really bad shape.

Environmentalists reckons it would cost at least 1.2 million to repair the hut.

They're now calling on the United Nations to help fund the work.

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