So looks like we ended up with something cute from the South Pole based on your votes. In this case, it’s a rockhopper penguin because the name is just so cool and he’s also rocking a really nice hairdo that would give the guineafowl a run for its money. Or a run to its hairdresser to demand they step it up a notch.
Rockhoppers are among the world’s smallest penguins, standing about 20 inches (50cm) tall. What I think it cool and super romantic is that each year at breeding time they usually search out the previous year’s mate. I guess it’s only listed as “usually” since life’s not always a storybook and last year’s mate could have been a real jerk. Either that, or there are some slutty penguins, similar to the phenomenon that occurs in some human animals.
These penguins are among the most numerous on the planet, but sadly, their population is in rapid decline. Colonies on the Falkland Islands were once the largest around, but commercial overfishing, pollution, and other factors have cut the penguins’ numbers by 90 percent. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and if declines continue, they are likely to be listed as endangered in the near future. There are many working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen.
That’s about all I know about Rockhoppers, but here’s to hoping they’ll be around for years to come! The countdown to Christmas Eve night has officially switched to hours. As I was typing this, I just realized there’s only about 25.5 hours until we open the first gift here! Hope all of you are spending time with the people you enjoy most and have an awesome and lovely Christmas Eve!