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The world continues - penguin update❤️

Dear PenguinPromises
> The penguins are now back home in the colony after having spent a lovely few
> weeks just resting and relaxing out at sea. They have been eating lots of fish
> and have now got back to their normal weight of about 6 kg.
> Winter is now approaching rapidly and the days are getting shorter. Each day
> there are fewer hours of daylight for Promises to catch fish. The penguins will
> need to start swimming northwards soon to find better weather and longer hours
> of daylight for fishing, but first they have to change their feathers. Changing
> feathers is called moulting or molting depending on where you live. My apologies
> if my British spelling is not the same as yours.
> When the penguins leave on their winter migration they will be out at sea for
> many months without coming ashore at all. The seawater is very cold so the feathers
> need to be in perfect condition to keep Promises warm for such a l…
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South American Penguin Promises

Dear PenguinPromises
> We had some really heavy rain shortly after writing to you last time. It was
> a difficult job for Promises keeping the chicks dry in the nest during the rain.
> Some of the nests in the colony were abandoned because of the rain running into
> the nests. This is the second year in succession that we have had heavy rain
> at this vulnerable time of year.
> The chicks are very fragile when they are little, and Promises must take extra
> care to keep them warm and dry at that age. Thankfully the chicks have grown
> a lot since then. They are now almost as big as Promises, but still have a long
> way to go before they will be ready to leave the nest and begin life on their
> own. I attach a photo of the chicks.
> As you can see in the photo the chicks are not only growing fast, but they are
> also now exploring outside of the nest. They even go around to visit chicks in
> other nests during the day…

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South American Penguin Scientist update - Promises

Dear PenguinPromises

The chicks have finally hatched and they are really cute. At the moment they are still very small, weighing about 100 grams each. They are not yet able to walk, so Promises must be very careful with them. The chicks are like new born babies. They have to be kept nice and warm, so the parents tuck the chicks underneath and gently lie over them.

Penguins have a special pouch of bare skin on their lower abdomen called a "brood pouch". It is only used for keeping eggs and chicks warm. Most of the time the pouch is held closed by involuntary muscles and the pouch is not visible under the feathers. When the chicks are underneath Promises the muscles are relaxed and the pouch opens, giving the chicks a warm and safe 'hollow' underneath Promises.

The chicks are born with thin thread-like feathers, so when they are tucked inside the pouch, the bare skin of the brood patch is held tightly against the chicks, and the chicks are kept at the same temperatur…