A heart-wrenching photograph of an Emperor penguin in grief over the death of many of their chicks. The cause of this mass death is unknown but scientists claim it’s not unheard of. With the reports of birds dropping from the skies, masses of fish floating in rivers, and whatnot, it gets me deeper with my appreciation of this particular animal. I’m sad to hear about this and don’t know exactly what else to say.
My daughter brought home this week’s Weekly Reader from school which, of course, features… penguins! I knew schools were teaching kids quality topics these days. I have scanned the pages for your brief reading pleasure. Enjoy!
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has had their first ever African (or Blackfooted) penguin hatch on January 8, 2011. Aw, that one’s a cutie. More details at the aquarium’s blog, Sea Notes. I really appreciate the extra information they give regarding the chick. Amazing stuff.
A baby African penguin somehow had escaped its enclosure at the Allwetterzoo Münster and wandered into the enclosure for the zoo’s lions. It is believed that the penguin had walked across the frozen ice of the pool surrounding its enclosure and waddled off. After coming up the path to the lions’ enclosure, it made a big leap onto the partially frozen moat. Luckily for the chick the lions were asleep inside their den. The zookeepers were able to coax the penguin out of the enclosure with a trail of herring. The brave penguin has since been named “Leona” after her daring adventure.
Am I the only one wondering why there are African penguins in an outdoor enclosure where there’s snowfall possible? Brrrr! A little chilly for a temperate climate penguin, I think.
A new Gentoo penguin was hatched at the Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid on December 29, 2010, weighing in at about 90 grams. What a cutie. The curator says that they may see more Gentoo eggs hatch this month as well as a few King penguin eggs. Oh, and they also have a live penguin cam going as well.
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