Monogamous Penguin Couple Has Been Together For 16 Years
Posted November 19, 2012on:
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According to the Telegraph, the penguins have shared a faithful partnership for almost their “entire breeding life,” despite “spending long periods apart and each of them taking solo trips totaling 200,000 miles.”
For the past 16 years, the penguins have returned to the same nest (and each other) to produce and care for a new clutch of chicks.
The researchers, led by Pablo Garcia Borboroglu of the National Research Council of Argentina, said they were surprised to find such a long-lasting penguin partnership.
Previously, penguin couplings were believed to last between five and 10 years, with “many cut short by the unexpected death of birds during migration,” ANI reports.