How Many Of These Penguin Facts Do You Know?

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Penguins are popular around the world, primarily for their unusually upright, waddling gait and (compared to other birds) lack of fear of humans. There are some cool facts that you should know about them.


1
The ancestor of penguins we see today survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

2
Penguins excrete salt from sea water through their beaks, or by sneezing.

3
Most species of penguins breed in large colonies of up to a thousand birds.

4
Many penguins will mate with the same member of the opposite sex season after season.

5
In some species, it is the male penguin which incubates the eggs while females leave to hunt for weeks at a time.

6
Penguin parents (both male and female) care for their young for several months until they can hunt on their own.

7
If a female Emperor Penguin's baby dies, she will often kidnap an unrelated chick, then soon abandons it.

8
Penguins evolved to stay in the Southern Hemisphere because there are no land predators.

9
Because they aren't used to danger from animals on solid ground, wild penguins exhibit no particular fear of human tourists.

10
Once a year, penguins experience a catastrophic molt, making them lose their feathers all at once.