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An Emperor Penguin tends to his newly-hatched chick.
一隻皇帝企鵝爸爸照料新生的小企鵝。 (照片:美聯社)


There are 17 different types of penguin. The one in the picture is called an Emperor Penguin.

The emperor penguin is the biggest and heaviest of the penguins. They live in Antarctica. They are the only penguins to lay their eggs in winter.

After the mom has laid her egg she carefully gives it to the dad. The dad keeps the egg warm in a special pouch. The pouch is at the top of his feet. The moms then go 80km away to the sea to catch food.

All the dads huddle together to keep warm. They take turns at being on the outside and the inside. The dads don't eat while the mom is away. They sleep a lot to save their energy.

The moms come back after more than two months. They take the egg back and then the dads go to get food.

When the eggs hatch, the parents feed it with food from their stomachs, just like in the picture.

Scientists are worried about the Emperor Penguins because there are fewer and fewer each year. They think this is because of global warming.

(Catherine Thomas, staff writer)







科學家為皇帝企鵝憂心,因為每年數量都在減少。科學家認為這要歸究於全球暖化。 (翻譯:賴美君)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. pouch n.

育兒袋 (yu4 e2 dai4)

例: Kangaroos keep their young in a pouch.


2. huddle v.i. /v.t.

圍在一起 (wei2 zai4 yi4 qi3),依偎 (yi1 wei1)

例: Let's huddle together to keep warm.


3. hatch v.i. /v.t.

孵化 (fu1 hua4)

例: The eggs should hatch next week.


4. global warming n.phr.

全球暖化 (quan2 qiu2 nuan3 hua4)

例: Global warming is causing the ice in the Antartic to melt.


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