Emperor Penguin Chick
Imagine being born into extremely freezing temperatures, without yet knowing anything about the world. That’s exactly what these Emperor penguin chicks have to do. They were born in the harsh environment of Antarctica during the bitter cold winter. Their parents have to keep them warm and well-fed despite extreme cold and long distances to travel for food, often leaving them alone to go and find food. And only recently, with rising global temperatures, thousands of chicks have died because of record-low sea ice levels. According to Dr. Peter Fretwell, “If they get immersed, the chicks will drown. If they get back onto the ice floes, they will freeze because they don’t have their waterproof feathers at that stage.” The ones who do survive these fragile stages are the toughest of them all (The Guardian).