“What is the point of even going on with this terrible life?” you ask.
The answer is penguin cam. Not just any penguin cam: little penguin cam, which is an honest-to-God type of penguin, restoring my faith that there are good things in this dumpster fire world.
Taranaki Mounga, a New Zealand conservation project, is delivering the goods with an infrared camera inside a little penguin burrow on the country’s North Island. The penguin live cam is there to track the birth of a baby little penguin sometime in November at which point the balance of good and evil in the world will be restored.
Right now, there’s two parents and an egg inside a burrow on Nga Motu Beach on the western shore of the North Island. The burrow is hidden by dirt and plants to keep it warm and safe from potential predators and one or both parents are there at all times during the nesting process.
“Incubation takes around 40 days, with both parents doing their share, so we would expect this chick to hatch before the end of November,” Emily King, a ranger with Taranaki Mounga, told the Tarnaki Daily News. “It is an amazing opportunity to watch a new born penguin’s start at life and I’m sure the webcam will be popular viewing.”
Uh, you’re right about that, Emily.
If your knowledge of penguins is limited to March of the Penguins, let me catch you up. Little penguins, sometimes referred to as little blue penguins or fair penguins, are native to Australia or New Zealand. “Vagrant” little penguins (my heart broke just writing that) have been found as far away as Chile according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The little penguin is the smallest penguin on the planet, weighing around 2 lbs. and reaching a height of just over a foot. They’re also the only penguins in the world with blue feathers, which help them escape the notice of predators while swimming according to the Penguin Foundation.
With about 1 million of them living across Oceania, they’re in pretty good shape from a conservation standpoint. Individual colonies have faced threats, though, including a colony on Middle Island off the southern coast of Victoria, Australia.
There, foxes hunted the colony down to 10 birds by 2005. To give the little penguins a fighting chance, the government brought two sheepdogs in to protect the little penguins and the colony is back up to 182 birds as of 2017, which I mean, hell yeah to weird conservation strategies.
Anyways, bookmark little penguin cam.