Penguins are found variously in Antarctica and Antarctic islands, the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Peru and Chile.
They look gentle and unassuming. However, there are uncomfortable facts about them that will shock you!
For instance, male penguins sometimes present female penguins with rocks in order to woo them. The female penguins use these rocks to build their nest.
Again, penguin couples generally stay together for life, but then, sh-t happens!
According to online platform Syfy, penguins commonly pair off to breed and those pair bonds can last a lifetime. The platform notes that when a penguin reaches adulthood, they find a mate and those mates tend to stick together, returning to one another year after year.
These romantic rendezvous are punctuated by long stretches, months at a time, when they are separated while they forage for food at sea. Once it’s time to breed again, penguins return to the colony and wade through a figurative ocean of other penguins in search of their partner. Incredibly, they find one another, settle down at the nest, end embark upon the hard cooperative work of raising a baby.
While it’s true that penguins mostly return to the same mates to breed and raise chicks, it’s not uncommon for them to get a little side action before they meet up. It turns out that penguins might only be socially monogamous, but the sexual lines aren’t as strictly drawn!
And so it happens that a male partner finds it hard to swallow that his female partner is with someone else. The encounter isn’t nice!
See the video, courtesy, National Geographic: