Everyone knows penguins are the cutest. Is it possible they could be even cuter than once thought? Most definitely. Their uncanny ability to warm hearts even at the coldest temperatures is, without a doubt, their secret to surviving for 60 million years. Adorable penguins are one of the cutest animals of all time - especially baby penguins - and these lovable creatures are super smart too. If only we humans could catch on to some of their secrets, we might enjoy the same sort of longevity that caused these mesmerizing birds to beat out the Ice Ages.
Penguins are masters of self sacrifice and as you read along, you’ll soon learn they have more in common with humans than you might expect. Their love lives, specifically, are a spectacle to behold. Imagine a lone penguin, proposing to his soul mate with a smooth pebble in his beak and his brave heart on the line. Get ready to feel your heart swell, here are some of the cutest penguin facts ever.
Penguins Laugh Hysterically When Tickled
This little penguin gets a big kick out of being tickled in the video above. Somehow, this makes penguins that much more adorable, knowing that even when they’re waddling on the outside, they’re often laughing on the inside. This penguin here is so sweet the zookeepers named it Cookie. Baby penguin Cookie suffers from an illness known as bumblefoot. Even their illnesses have cute little names.
Penguins Spend Hours Getting All Dolled Up
Spoiler alert for those who think Mother Nature made the penguin so darn cute. They’re not just natural beauties. It turns out they actually have a whole beauty regime. Penguins spend a great deal of their time oiling, washing and straightening their feathers as part of a process called “preening.” Once a year, they go as far as to shed their old, dirty feathers and grow new ones. Spring preening, anyone?
They Call Out To Their Lovers With Unique Songs
They say that music is the food of love, and penguin love is no exception. When penguins find their love, they sing to them. Only a truly lucky lady can induce a penguin’s song. In fact, penguins are so in tune with their soulmates, the songs they sing for one another are 100 percent unique. They're sort of like a fingerprint on the heart. That's true love!
They Propose With Stones
Here's an engaging penguin tale that's true and super sweet. During mating season, male penguins sift through piles of stones searching for the perfect pebble, the one that'll knock their soon-to-be soul mate right off her feet. Upon retrieval of the perfect pebble, male penguins put their hearts on the line by presenting the stone to their love. If the stone is accepted, a penguin "marriage" take place. The good news? Nobody needs to buy a tux for the wedding - they're already wearing them!