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April 25th is World Penguin Day

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If 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 HOLIDAY?  

Today is a holiday because this is around the time when all the 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.  Even 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 are 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?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

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 doesn't 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 it feels to be a penguin!





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