Adélie Penguins

What is it even thinking? The Adélie Penguin, its utter madness is masked by a cute, expressionless face. Source: Penguin Cam

In 1910, Englishman George Murray Levick embarked on a fateful expedition to Antarctica. What he found upon arrival was so disturbing that he would record his notes in Greek, ensuring only a select few of his intellectual companions would share in his horror.

Levick had come across the perplexingly innocent-looking, but mysteriously sadistic Adélie Penguin. His observations leading to the stark conclusion that “There seems to be no crime too low for these penguins.” It’s the uncannily childlike nature of these penguins that has led to an unending bow of strange tales from Antarctica.

A lack of sexual experience is unlikely to have ever had such a devastating impact. Male Adélie Penguins have learnt the hard way, commonly attempting to mate with deceased, frozen females and young chicks as they explore their own sexuality. But it’s not only the raging necrophilia, physical abuse of chicks and paedophilic tendencies that has turned heads and potentially destroyed minds.

Two Adelies discuss dinner plans. Source: The Telegraph

When they’re not thieving from each other’s meticulously formed rock nests, Adélie Penguins will often gather in crowds along terraces of ice hanging over water fronts. Teetering on the brink, the Adélie Penguins will push one of their number over, and as Levick recounted: “all would crane their necks over the edge, and only when they saw the pioneer safe in the water, the rest followed.”

It took one hundred years for Levick’s findings to surface; we can only assume that these penguins have taken Antarctica by now and are heading for us.

View some deranged Adélie Penguins

Thieving penguins


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