Fairy Penguins

This post is for Thuy who is crazy about all penguins!

Did you know that Fairy Penguins have 2 names? One is Fairy Penguin, and the other is Little Blues. They are the smallest penguins in the world. They are only 16-17 inches tall, and weigh only two pounds. They are found in the Southern Hemisphere. A lot of people think all penguins live where it is cold and icy. So it might be a surprise to learn that Fairy Penguins like the warm waters of Southern Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania.

Fairy Penguins live in big cracks in rocks or burrows like ground squirrels. This is where they sleep, lay their eggs, and protect their babies until they are safe to go out.  Their groups or families are called “rafts.”  During the day, they hunt for small fish and squid to eat. When they’re in the water, they have to look out for sharks, sea lions, and seals.  At dusk they return to the safety of their burrows, but they still have to be careful not to get caught by seagulls.

Duck Billed Platypus

I bet you didn’t know that duck billed platypuses are venomous. The venom isn’t strong enough to kill a person, but people have said that it hurts a lot!Their venom doesn’t come from their mouth. Instead, it comes from a pointy spike on their rear ankles.

They are the only mammals that lay eggs. They look so weird. They walk like a reptile, have a bill like a bird, a body like an otter, and a tail like a beaver. I learned that they are much smaller than I thought. They are about 18 inches and weigh only 3 pounds!  Platypuses live in Australia.

Emperor Penguin

Did you know that emperor penguins lay eggs in the winter unlike other birds? While the mom penguins look for food, the dads take over the nest. After two months, when the eggs have hatched, the mom comes back.

Another fun fact about Penguins is that they can stay under water for 20-30 minutes.

Giant Pandas

This is for my friend, Brooke who wanted to learn about Giant Pandas.

Did you know giant pandas live in the same forest as the red panda.  Giant Pandas eat bamboo leaves for 12 hours every day.  To eat those leaves they have very big  flat molars. When Giant Pandas are born, they usually weigh between 3.5 and 7 ounces. When they are 2-4 years old, they are full grown and they can weigh about 175-280 pounds. That’s big!

Red Pandas

Red Pandas are mammals that are endangered because their forests in China are being destroyed. They are close relatives of Racoons, Ringtailed Lemurs ,and regular Lemurs. Red Pandas fur color is black, red, white, and orange. I think they’re really, really cute!

Puffer Fish

Did you know that Puffer Fish are very interesting fish? Puffer Fish puff up when predators come swimming by looking for food.  When other fish gobble them down it wont be a good snack to eat because it can still puff up after being swallowed. Plus, most have a toxic substance that makes them taste yucky.