Meet the African penguins (ecology continues): a haiku

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No cold snow at best

flying through ocean to nest

rocky shore for rest

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I see these cute birds in the enclosure. They do not need ice. They are from a warm country. A big strong male stands as guard. Couples of smaller ones make their own individual homes in the rocky caves. There are babies too. what surprises me is they are from Africa and there is no ice required in their home. The name of penguin always makes me imagine an icy  cold place like the poles. How little I know about some birds and their Creator. Another thing that attracts me is that they seem to live in pairs. They are not alone.

An excerpts on the the African penguins:

Natural History

Not all penguins live in snow and ice—African penguins live in cold currents along the coast of South Africa. They’re agile and graceful under water. Using their wings as flippers and their feet as rudders, they “fly” through the water fast enough to chase down schools of cape anchovy and other small fishes.

To keep warm in the cold water, African penguins have a double layer of insulation: densely packed feathers over a soft layer of down. On land, they face the opposite problem; they can overheat in hot sun. To keep their cool, they pant and pump blood to parts of their bodies with less insulation—their wings, faces and feet—where excess heat can escape.

Conservation

Although all penguins are protected from hunting and egg collecting, many, including the African, face threats from oil pollution, habitat loss, introduced predators and overfishing.

Cool Facts

Penguins make good parents. They often keep the same mate for life, and both parents take turns incubating the eggs and feeding and protecting their chicks.

Wild penguins eat close to 14 percent of their body weight each day. For a 150-pound (68-kg) person, that would be like eating 21 pounds (9.5 kg) of food a day!

(2016 Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation)

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16 “Search from the book of the Lord, and read:
Not one of these shall fail;
Not one shall lack her mate.
For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.

(Isaiah 34:16 New King James Version)

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