After nearly a year together at the Odense Zoo in Denmark, the same-sex couple attempted to become parents of their own.
Keepers witnessed the pair trying to steal other couples’ eggs. And during brooding season, the penguins even tried to incubate a dead herring.
“[The two] seriously wanted to stay with an egg,” zoologist Nina Christensen told The Star.
The Odense Zoo reports that the penguins were recipients of an unexpected blessing when a female penguin laid not one but two eggs. She ultimately ditched the second egg, which afforded the male couple to become adoptive parents.
However, before they were given the egg, the males had to practice on artificial eggs. Once proven capable, they received and successfully incubated the egg.
The 2 Magellanic penguin chicks are the newest additions to the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Humans visit and confirm existence of penguin colony
(Photo: International Polar Foundation)
The existence of a 9,000-strong colony of emperor penguins in East Antarctica has been confirmed by three people who visited it for the first time.
For the past few months, SeaWorld Orlando has been dropping hints about its upcoming Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin exhibit. Photographs of the construction site taken last month by the Orlando Sentinel showed little more than something “big and boxy,” but early promises revealed that the site would include penguins, below-freezing temperatures, and technology that had not been used before.
Well now we have more of an idea of what SeaWorld has planned. At last week’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando, the park drew back the icy curtain to reveal quite a bit more about the exhibit. The focal point of the revelations was the unveiling of the ride’s new, high-tech cars. The round, blue-and-white rides can seat up to eight patrons and will travel along a trackless path. Visitors will be able to choose low- or high-intensity rides and the riders will have some choice over where the vehicle travels.
The attraction will also feature hundreds of live penguins, representing at least four species. SeaWorld Orlando says it will be the largest artificial penguin habitat ever built. The penguins will be able to interact with their human visitors as much as they want, within reason, of course. “There are barriers,” SeaWorld creative director Brian Morrow told the Orlando Sentinel last week. He called the penguins “a great species to interact with because they don’t jump up very fast or very far.”
The Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin ride is scheduled to open in spring 2013. If you’re planning on checking it out, pack an extra sweater: the ride cars won’t be heated and the exhibit will be kept at a frosty 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Announced last Wednesday, these are the winners of the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This is the 48th year of the international competition, and as always, the entries are an amazing showcase of the world’s best nature photography across 18 separate categories. What’s interesting, though, is how the beauty of nature is juxtaposed against its horrors: we see breathtakingly vibrant emperor penguins and the first adrenaline-filled hunt of cheetah cubs, and then beside them is a strikingly lonely polar bear on a crumbling island of ice, and the horrifying mass carcasses of sharks harvested only for their fins. It is a reminder that yes, nature is brilliant and beautiful and wondrous, but it’s also wild and terrifying, and sometimes humans are the cause of it.
Two new emperor penguin colonies spied in Antarctica
(Photo: Robin Cristofari / CNRS / Institut polaire francais IPEV)
Researchers have finally found a long-sought colony of emperor penguins in eastern Antarctica, but they say it’s been split in two due to a glacier break. Moreover, a tally of the 6,000 chicks among these two populations suggests there are more emperor penguin parents in this part of the frozen continent than previously thought.
Satellite mapping pinpoints penguin population
Counting emperor penguins in their icy Antarctic habitat was not easy until researchers used new technology to map the birds from space, and they received a pleasant penguin surprise for their efforts.
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