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.
They Get Penguin Married And Penguin Divorced
Penguins fall in love and choose a lifelong mate, sort of like marriage. If things don’t work out, they get a “penguin divorce” and separate from each other, seeking a new lifetime partner in romance. As scientists continue to study these feathered creatures, they're learning that their love lives are even more complicated than we originally perceived. From steamy romances to jealous stand offs, love and marriage is that much more fiery over ice.
Male Emperor Penguins Stand Still For 65 Days To Protect Their Young
Talk about being dedicated fathers! Male emperor penguins are in charge of keeping their solitary egg warm until it hatches. In order to snuggle up with their unborn children, these brave little penguins stand still for 65 days straight in the blustery weather of the Antarctic while balancing the eggs on their tiny webbed feet. For extra security, they cover their feet with their own feathers.
They're Family Oriented And Share Parental Responsibilities
Married penguins raise their young together, even if they're experiencing turmoil in the relationship. They take turns feeding, teaching and primping their young feathered offspring. Once the children reach the age of growing adult plumage (usually at age one), they're sent out to learn in groups during the day and then later they return home to their families, kinda like school.
Penguins possess distinct personalities and many of their traits are adorably human. For example, they enjoy a soothing, warm embrace. Whether they hug their baby, their life partner, or maybe even you (if you're lucky) it's guaranteed to melt the heart. During extreme storms, penguins engage in a group hug known as a huddle that often gets so hot they have to eat snow afterwards in order to cool down.