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Rockhopper Penguin

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Item #: Kö-F2920
Manufacturer Kösen, height 30 cm (~ 12"), black-white with yellow and red

Rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome) do not fit into the typical picture of a penguin - both regarding the look and their habitat. They do have red beaks, bright red eyes, and yellow and black feathers over the eyes. Also they move in a peculiar way too, jumping with both feet at a time, hence their name. But what's more, they do not live in an ice world but on rocky islands near the Antarctica. These are, for example, the Falkland Islands. On these lie their breeding colonies, which the penguins inhabit from November to March. During winter, they migrate into warmer climes, further north.

Rockhopper penguins are the smallest kind of their species, but they are really tough. The way to the top of the rocky cliffs where they nest is fraught with obstacles. To get on the islands, they have to jump high out of the water and cling on to the wet rocks covered with algea. Or they use huge waves to land on the islands trying to be careful not to be crushed against rocks or be swept away again. But this is only the beginning. After that they have to climb on the 60 m (200') high cliffs, a dangerous and arduous journey, especially for those being very well fed after the long time in the ocean. Thus the penguins have to pause and recover often.

Once the pairs have met on the top of the cliffs, they breed the eggs alternately. Once the babies hatch the adult penguins have to go back to the sea to feed again. But in this they take turns too, some adults always staying with a group of about 20 chicks, watching and protecting the 'kindergarten'.

By the way, rockhopper penguins are soley jumping with feet first into the water.

Our little rockhopper penguin surely likes to care for children, but is a wonderful companion for adults too.

Height: 30 cm (~ 12")
Colour: Black-white
Material: Special polyester fibre
Manufacturer: Kösener Spielzeug Manufaktur, Germany

The last photo shows the Rockhopper Penguin with some of its new friends.

The proceeds of this sale will be donated to a children's charity organisation.

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