Antarctica interesting facts - #11
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Only one warm-blooded animal remains on the Antarctic continent during the bitter winter--the emperor penguin. Emperor penguin females lay one egg in June and leave to spend the winter at sea. The male penguins stay on land all winter, surviving the most extreme conditions for nine weeks (including no food!), keeping their one egg warm by balancing it on their feet and covering it with a flap of abdominal skin. The females return just about the time the eggs hatch.