Friday, April 20, 2012

Day 111: Adopted An Emperor Penguin Chick

One of the first movies my wife and I saw together in the theater was Happy Feet.  We saw it in an IMAX dome and almost had to leave because my wife became nauseous and on the brink of vomiting.  Luckily, she bucked up and we were able to sit through the entire movie.  Even though it was an animated film, the baby emperor penguins immediately became my favorite animal.  I know they can't sing and dance in real life, but I have made it one of my life goals to see these penguin chicks in person hopefully in their natural environment.   Sadly, I may not have the opportunity to do that because, due to global warming, emperor penguins may soon find themselves on the endangered species list.  I want to do my part to ensure that these cute little guys are taken care of, so for today's random act of kindness, I adopted an emperor penguin chick through the World Wildlife Foundation.  While I wish one could be delivered to my house (I would build an igloo in my living room if need be), I am perfectly fine doing my part to help them maintain their cuteness in the wild.


  1. They are cute aren't they? I watched a documentary on how harsh their conditions are while an egg, then a hatchling. It's no wonder they're almost endangered, sad!


  2. I'm happy to inform that the recent counts show a great increase in the emperor penguin population.

    April 13, 2012
    "Lead author and geographer Peter Fretwell at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), which is funded by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council, said the research findings are groundbreaking.

    "We are delighted to be able to locate and identify such a large number of emperor penguins," Fretwell said. "We counted 595,000 birds, which is almost double the previous estimates of 270,000 to 350,000 birds."

  3. That's fantastic! Very inspiring.

  4. Super cute!! I want one! But I totally understand why I can't. You are super inspirational but you already knew that ;) I love this. And am telling loads of friends about it!

    Cathy Trails