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Emperor Penguins Gripped By Grief's Icy Hand

Animals  (tags: animals, penguins, emperor penguins, antarctica, death chicks, animal behavior, wildanimals, wildlife, environment, animalwelfare )

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Wildlife photographer Daniel J Cox has captured an extraordinary image of more than 100 Emperor Penguins mourning their lost chicks in Antarctica. The animals, scattered across the ice into the distance, are either lying down or hunched over


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Marti Williams (170)
Friday January 28, 2011, 3:46 pm
So sad...

Past Member (0)
Friday January 28, 2011, 3:58 pm
TY, Yrna--noted.

Julie P (154)
Friday January 28, 2011, 4:14 pm
This is truly tragic. Why do so many people fail to see that other species suffer as mankind does when they lose their young?

Some reports have indicated that Emperor Penguins may be extinct by the end of the century. Climate change and overfishing are threatening their food supplies.

Here is a terribly sad excerpt from: Are Emperor Penguins Doomed?
"Our world’s warming temperatures means warmer and wetter air that brings too much snow during at the wrong time of the year for the penguins. This is causing their breeding patterns to be drastically affected, as they must wait for the snow to melt to make their “march”.

It also is causing much thinner sea ice and less of it in the regions the penguins breed. Many of these penguins live and breed on what is called “fast-ice” or frozen ocean and as the ice melts and breaks away from the continental ice shelf of Antarctica the penguin colonies drift out to sea and their platform recedes beneath them before their baby chicks are ready to make the swim to another floating ice “raft”. World conservation organizations believe there are only 3 land colonies of Emperor Penguins in all of Antarctica."


Ingrid A (524)
Friday January 28, 2011, 8:29 pm
Sad. Thank you Yrna.

Shirley S (187)
Friday January 28, 2011, 9:08 pm
This brought tears to my eyes.

Michael Carney (217)
Friday January 28, 2011, 10:02 pm
So very sad....

Saturday January 29, 2011, 5:02 am
Oh, The Poor Things. More proof that Animals have Feelings & Emotions just like us. !!!
Noted, Posted to F.B.

Eva O (60)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 5:37 am
These photos are so sad and so impressive. They really hit me. I know I should not be surprised by animals mourning their young... For I am well aware of the fact that animals have feelings too (and often more and more complicated feeling than we humans can or are willing to understand!) - and yet I am more than a bit taken aback by these photographs. Seriously, they really capture the sadness of these penguins.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful, but above all, sad news.

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 5:58 am
Sad, but true - our African elephants mourn their deceased partners for days on end. Many 'people' on Planet Earth just don't have the intelligence (or know how to use it??) to comprehend mourning in our animal kingdom; the emotions are far more genuine than those found in the 2-legged human world!

Ana F (128)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 11:41 am

Pauline Cousins (26)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 2:42 pm
This is so sad to see, don't your heart break for them. But it goes to prove that Humans are not the only ones to feel emotions and suffer from grief at the loss of one of their own. Thanks for sharing this Yrna, article noted

José Ovidio Pérez Morel (50)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 8:21 pm
Sad, that hurt the heart...............

Chelsie H (19)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 3:08 pm
How sad...

. (0)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 3:14 pm
I can only add the same comment, it's so sad to see this.

Margo R (14)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 3:34 pm
Truly sad.......they are like human parents mourning the loss of a human baby or child. It is so touching!

Sandy G. (3)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 3:53 pm
Of course animals grieve, I've observed this behavior more than once in my time.

Sunny k (47)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 7:19 pm
OH MY GASH!! MY GOD!! THIS IS REALLY SAD!! Not just one..but more than hundred??? this is really SAD!!
I really can't stand looking at this adult penguin!! MUST BE SOOO HEART BROKEN SEEING THEIR CHICKS LIKE THIS!! THIS IS REALLLLY SAD!! we lost so many polar bears and their cubs.... but not the penguins tooo~!!

Yrna M (196)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 7:32 pm
I shed tears and felt a deep sadness everytime I see or even just by remembering this article, a very heartbreaking scene of those penguins. I'm sorry if you guys also feel the sadness of this article, but at least this shows us all that even animals have feelings just like humans, perhaps even more sensitive.

gerlinde p (161)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 7:47 pm
that`s so very sad

Nancy Roussy (79)
Monday January 31, 2011, 2:46 am
And a lot of people keep on thinking and saying that animals do not have feelings! Only someone who lives in an imaginary world with their head stuck where the sun does not shine cannot see animals have feelings!

Irene Leggett (0)
Monday January 31, 2011, 1:40 pm
What a tragedy for both the chicks and their parents. Of course, animals have feelings, anyone with a heart knows that!!! Only total morons and heartless thugs think differently.

Susan S (187)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 7:12 pm
Emperor penguins do invest so much time and energy nurturing their young that this is extremely tragic. They journey over 120 Kilometers over antarctic ice to feed their young.
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