Alex wrote 15 Interesting Facts About the Emperor Penguin, but we have one more.
A female emperor penguin laid an egg at Nanjing Underwater World in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province earlier this week. It is the first time an emperor penguin laid an egg in China. Now, if I were an emperor penguin I could tell you some serious stories about when I laid an egg or two in the country but that is beyond the scope of the post.
The egg was found by an aquarium staff member early Monday morning. (Looking for breakfast food, maybe?)
Six emperor penguins live at the aquarium. All of the critters were brought back from Antarctica by Chinese scientists. The female emperor penguin lays eggs one at a time, then transfers it to the male to hatch and incubate it. Meanwhile, the female goes on a trek for food.
We wonder where female emperor penguins in captivity trek off to and what their male counterparts do while they are gone. Hmm….