What’s Going on with These Penguins? A Giant Petrel vs Fledgling Emperor Penguins

Let’s travel to Antarctica to find out what happens when fledgling penguins are confronted by a predator. “Running isn’t a penguin’s strong suit.” Fortunately, the Emperor chicks are covered in down that falls away, and they can form a defensive circle. Standing about three feet tall, the lead chick rises up to defend those behind it.

This video from BBC Earth begs the question why did the rescuer get involved? While I didn’t take anything particular from this video, it did inspire one scene in “Polly Penguin Wants to Fly.” Polly is a newly hatched chick who wants to fly, but penguins can’t fly, can they?

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8 Cool Things about Penguins from 2 Videos

I’ve been doing some research for my next book “Penny Penguin Wants to Fly.” The first video is cool because of the Adelie; the second video is cool because of the chick’s down. In no particular order, my favorite things from these videos are after the first.

  • Emperor penguins abandon their chicks to get the chicks to journey to sea.
  • When they leave, chicks can be about a meter tall!
  • Emperor penguin chicks lose their down after their first swim.
  • The giant petrel can eat penguin chicks. Emperor penguin chicks form a defensive circle.
  • The Adelie is the feistiest penguin in the world.
  • Black wing tips mean the emperor penguin chicks are ready for their first hunt.
  • Emperor penguin chicks will swim for three or four years in the deep ocean before returning to their hatching grounds.

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