Nation calls for #DugongEmoji
Since the release of the latest range of emojis this week, a petition has circulated the internet in honour of a popular Australian personality, calling for the creation of two new designs to be introduced to the emoji world.
A message posted on Friday morning to the Instagram account of Pig the Dugong by keepers at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, called for the expansion of the animal emoji range to include the vulnerable dugong species.
The post, written on behalf of the popular dugong, who won the heart’s of Australia during his appearance in Sophie Monk’s season of The Bachelorette Australia in 2017, said that for his upcoming 21st birthday in November, they would love Australians – and the world! – to back Pig in a petition to have a Dugong emoji created. The dugong emoji would help to raise awareness to the threats dugongs face in the wild such as sea grass habitat loss and degradation as a result of coastal development and water pollution.
It goes on to say they would also be pleased to settle for a ‘lettuce’ emoji – adding he struggles to adequately caption images of his meals on the social media platform due to the lack of respective emoji!
The Aquarium is accepting signatures on behalf of the lovable creature via an online petition here: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dugong-emoji
The petition has already accumulated significant support from the public, including Environmentalist and model, Laura Wells who signed, “Make Pig immortal!”
Pig, affectionately named after his eating habits, has called SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium home since late 2008. Pig was rescued from Forrest Beach in North Queensland when he became separated from his mother at a very early age, and after a period of rehabilitation, was released back into the wild. However when he was found a decision was made not to release him again for fears he wouldn’t survive. Pig now serves as an ambassador for his species, helping to educate the public on the precious species and allow visitors to get up close and personal with the aquatic giant.
This month, Pig is gearing up to celebrate his 21st birthday and 11 years of creating magical memories for guests at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.
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