Breaking Down the Cheating Penguin Fight

Breaking Down the Cheating Penguin Fight

Tens of millions have watched the fascinating National Geographic Channel video involving a male penguin returning home to find his wife laid up with another male penguin. 

Social media has been ablaze with laughing emojis, condemnation for the cheating whore of a penguin, and solidarity with the battered loser penguin, who left the brawl bloodied and bowed.

I was curious whether this was a real story or a convenient storyline for viral views so I did some research and sure enough, this plot is totally plausible!

According to SeaWorld, female penguins control the mate selection and they generally stick with the same guy year after year. In fact, National Geographic says 72% of penguins return to mate with the same bird from the previous year. BUT, there can be mix-ups. 

"When a female selects a different mate it is usually because her mate from the previous season fails to return to the nesting area. Another reason may be mistiming in returning to the nesting area. If they arrive at different times and miss each other, one or both penguins may obtain new mates." 

Who knows whether the penguin fight video reflects SeaWorld's arrival time theory. The lady penguin may have just been ready for some new sex. Or, maybe the male penguin was simply irresistible. No matter the cause, the video definitely tugs at the heart strings. 

In case you missed it or need to see it again, you're welcome.

 

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