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Please tell us: Is there anything cuter than a penguin?

by Erin Daley

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With Penguin Awareness Day just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to brush up on your penguin knowledge. Here are some fun facts about our little feathered friends in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Have you ever lain awake at night, wondering if penguins have knees? The classic penguin waddle (Is that why a group of penguins on land is called a “waddle”?) might lead you to think they don’t, but they do! You just can’t see them because they’re covered in feathers.

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Penguins aren’t afraid of humans because they don’t have predators on land — so be sure to snap some close-ups the next time you find yourself in Antarctica.

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A penguin’s black-and-white tuxedo is more than just good style — it actually serves as camouflage while swimming. Their black back makes them hard to spot from above, while their white tummy looks like the sun reflecting off the surface of the water from below.

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Penguins are much more modern than you might think. If Mom is not around, Dad will step up and feed the little ones for up to two weeks. Makes for a nice vacation, moms!

Even cuter than Dad doing some child-rearing is penguin siblings taking care of each other. It’s true, the oldest will regurgitate its food to feed the younger ones. Cuteness overload!

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