March of the Emperor Penguin

Four King Penguins

Every year the Emperor Penguin follows a long, hard, migration path to a place in Antarctica away from their normal home by the edge of the sea. They do so because during the fall Emperor Penguins mate and the female lays an egg. The reason that they migrate inland away from water is so that when the egg hatches there’ll be more ice under the newborn penguin’s feet and less probability of it falling through to the ocean.

When the female penguin lays the egg she’s exhausted from all of the work and needs to leave to return to the ocean to get something to eat.

The starving father who has not eaten for about four weeks will return to the sea to feed. The mother will stay with the chick for a while then leave to go back to the ocean again. This time the young penguin will be left alone.

When it grows it’s swimming feathers it also will go to the ocean to feed. Then someday it’ll follow the same migration route that it has parents followed and that Emperor Penguins have been following for centuries.

The Emperor Penguin’s amazing migration cycle shows us that many creatures endure a difficult journey to raise their young. This journey requires care, strength, and a great deal of patience.

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