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April 25th is World Penguin Day
you're looking for something to do today then head south because it's
World Penguin Day! Or you can just waddle over to the closest
zoo! Let's get right into celebrating World Penguin Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Today is a holiday because this is around the time when
penguins of the world start waddling north. You probably won't cross
any on the street, because they live in mostly remote areas in the
southern hemisphere, but they're all marching forward! So today is set
aside to reflect on their journey and penguins as a whole.
though people may not be able to agree on where the word penguin came
from, we can all agree that they are flightless birds that love the
water. They can't fly because their wings are pretty much flippers so
they usually end up feasting on things from the sea. Fish, squid and
krill are common items on their menu.
There are some species
that live way down in Antarctica but there are actually Galapagos
Penguins that live near the equator! So it appears that they can adapt
to any temperature as long as you keep them near the water, since they
spend half of their life swimming around. Emperor Penguins
the largest penguins but they only get up to about 75 pounds and stand
about 3 foot 7 inches tall, max. But have you ever heard of the Little
Blue Penguin or Fairy Penguin? They only get up to about 16 inches tall
and weigh about 2.2 pounds max! Too bad you can't keep one as a pet,
right? They're cute and it's funny to watch them walk, but
they're graceful swimmers and they actually stay monogamous... at least
for one breeding season! But there's not much bad you can say about a
penguin, so why not celebrate them?
So how can you celebrate today? Well, if you have a zoo near
you that has a penguin exhibit then that would be the perfect option!
It's not their natural habitat and they're not migrating north but you
can see them in action and learn a lot about them. Most zoos have a lot
of displays where you can read up on the animals and you can even talk
to the staff to find out more about penguins. And who knows,
maybe you'll get to feed them!
But if you're not that close to a
zoo then you can always check out the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet
or any other nature channel and see if they have something on about
penguins. If not, then may I recommend a movie called March of the
Penguins? It's quite fitting for the holiday and it's a pretty decent
movie. There are also many other penguin themed movies and
documentaries you can check out if you want. But if that
interest you then why don't you go shopping for some random penguin
gear? If you have a girlfriend then pick her up a stuffed penguin...
trust me, that rarely is a disappointing gift for a girl! Unless of
course they hate animals. But there are plenty of different things you
can get that are penguin themed so have fun deciding on what to bring
home! Have a great day and waddle around for a bit to see how
feels to be a penguin!