February 01, 2021

Plenty of Penguins



Plenty of Penguins
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The Primorsky Oceanarium in Vladivostok has recently welcomed eight adorable penguin chicks to their exhibit! What makes this situation remarkable (besides the fact that these little penguins are just absurdly cute) is that of these eight babies, two pairs of them are biological siblings.

Penguins are monogamous by nature, and it is very rare for one couple to conceive more than one viable egg at a time. So to have two pairs of twin eggs at the same time is quite the stroke of luck. 

For the first three to four months of their lives, these little ones will rely on both of their parents for food and protection. Unlike a lot of other birds, both male and female parents take responsibility for their young, even taking turns sitting on their eggs in the nest. 

While one might think that the cold climate of Russia makes it the perfect place to house penguins, there is actually no species of penguin that is endemic to the country. In fact, this penguin species, the Humboldt penguin, is native to South America. That's a far way to travel for a flightless bird! The species is deemed "vulnerable" by the IUCN with only 12 thousand birds known globally.

Polar bears, on the other hand, are no strangers to Russia.

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