Displays of Affection
In researching penguins, it is evident that they possess many of the same characteristics as humans. Both parents are essential to the survival of their young, as well as the survival of each other.
Penguins tend to live in colonies of hundreds and even millions. Just like humans, penguins are able to tell who is who by the tone of their voice. Since they all look the same, they engage in a cacophonous of calling and loud sounds. When humans want to attract a mate, they make sure their hygiene is good, and they ensure they are well kept. Penguins on the other hand display themselves with squawking and calling, to attract their mate and to claim their territory. People try their best to stay with one person for the rest of there life, as well as penguins, they mate for life and raise the offspring together.
Both the male and female are essential to the survival of their chick. They share parenting roles and take turns, like most tradition American families. Most penguins produce two eggs, while the Emperor only has one. In the month of May the females will produce a single egg after the gestation period of 63 days. The female will then very carefully pass the egg on to the male, this is a very cautious procedure. During the transfer of the egg there is a risk of cracking the egg. If the egg is broke, the courtship between the male and female will come to an end. If the egg is safely transferred, the female will then make her way to the ocean so she can feed. The male then balances the egg on his feet. To keep the egg warm a thick piece of skin called the “brood pouch” is placed over it. During the 9 weeks of the female’s absence the males are unable to eat because their main priority is ensuring the safety of their offspring. The males will endure extreme weather conditions, which forces them to huddle in a tight pack to keep warm.
The male penguin, for the 9 week duration, is like a stay at home dad, while the female is out...