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FEATURE: Penguins at risk due to climate change: report

AFP, MAGDALENA ISLAND, Chile

Following their long fast, the mothers give way to the males in order to feed. The couples then switch at roughly two-week intervals until the end of the 40 to 45 day incubation period ahead of hatching in about November.

During the first months of their lives, the penguins’ offspring are wholly dependent on their parents for food, learning to swim and how to fend off predators.

“Between February and March, they start to leave the island — but this year they began leaving two or three weeks earlier,” Sanchez said.

“It seems they wanted to give themselves a head start to go and see the World Cup in Brazil,” she joked, before explaining that the young had simply hatched early this year.

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