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9 Horrible Things You Didn’t Know About Penguins

8. Chick abuse is common among Adélie penguins

In 1911, Englishman George Murray Levick spent an entire breeding season studying Antarctica’s Adélie penguins. Levick witnessed so much sexual horror that he wrote his notes in Greek so only other educated gentlemen would ever become privy to the nightmares within. Aroused males would force themselves on chicks, occasionally killing them.

Things You Didn't Know About Penguins

9. Penguins engage in necrophilia

That’s right: they have sex with dead penguins. Levick describes young male penguins having sex with dead females, some of whom had been frozen for a year.. To some inexperienced male penguins, he points out, dead female penguins might look like “females who are awaiting congress.

Scientists have since tried to quantify exactly where penguins will draw the sexual line, and the answer is “approximately 2,000 miles beyond the point where humans would.”

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