Penguin feet

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: Penguin feet
From: Penn Gwynne <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 18:41:51 -0800 (PST)

G'day All,

I was just reading an interesting article about King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonica) in the autumn 2002 "NatureAustralia" magazine.

In it, it says messrs. Dewasmes and Telliez had used weights on the backs of sleeping King Penguins to see what weight awoke them from their huddled sleep?

It took weight increases on their backs of up to 800 grams before they awoke. BUT only 40 grams was needed if the same type of weight was placed on the King Penguins feet?

The feet being thee a more sensitive body region to King Penguins. Due no doubt to the feet being the main area used for raising their young?

What I would like to ask the worlds best email list is: How important then is the comfort of the constant standing location of and to the King Penguin, when raising young?

Perhaps I should make Ozwool booties as well as knitted in Crows colours vests for injured Kings.

JAG having a great day.

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