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Penguins in Costume and 14 Other Reasons Penguins Rock

I have a big love for penguins. They fall in line right after cat and pigs and if it was legal to have a few of them in my house, it would be something I would seriously consider.

I have been a fan of them for so long and while it’s hard to narrow down exactly why I love them so much, somethings just pop up and remind me that they’re just the most awesome creatures on the planet. In this video uploaded to YouTube by AssociatedPress, we see multiple penguins doing something so adorable you just can’t not love them. They’re all wearing African-inspired costumes to welcome about 50 African leaders to Japan during a parade.

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How can you not just LOVE them now? This video not only brightened my dull Monday, but it’s reminded me of the many other reasons why penguins are just the most amazing creatures ever… I have proof:

  • 15 Reasons Penguins Are the Best 1 of 15
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    Reason #1: They look great in costume. Click through to read the 14 other reasons penguins are the best!

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  • There Are So Many 2 of 15
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     According to About.com, there are 18 different species of penguins in the world. 

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  • The North Pole 3 of 15
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    When you think about the north pole you probably think about penguins. According to Science Kids, there are no penguins living at the north pole. Huh..

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  • They’re Fast 4 of 15
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    When it comes to swimming in water, penguins have quite the speed. According to the Smithsonian, penguins swim underwater at around four to seven miles per hour, but the fastest penguin can reach top speeds of 22 mph!

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  • They Can’t Fly 5 of 15
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    We all know now that penguins can't fly, an ability they lost millions of years ago, About.com says their powerful flippers and streamlined bodies make them very accomplished swimmers.

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  • Hold Their Breath 6 of 15
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    Not only can penguins swim fast, but according to Science Kids, Emperor Penguins can stay underwater for around 20 minutes at a time.

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  • Black and White 7 of 15
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    We often say that penguins are the most dapper dressed animals, but it's for good reason. According to the Smithsonian, penguins are colored the way they are for protection.Their black backs blend into the dark ocean water and, from below, their white bellies match the bright surface lit by sunlight.

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  • They Have Good Eye Sight 8 of 15
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    Penguins seem to have a super-power when it comes to eye sight, but only in water. According to About.com,  penguins' eyes work better underwater than they do in the air.

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  • Endangered 9 of 15
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    While most penguins are not considered endangered, yellow eyed penguins (not pictured here) are endangered and native to New Zealand. Their population is believed to be only around 4,000, according to Science Kids

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  • No Teeth 10 of 15
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    Just like most other birds, penguins don't have teeth. Instead, they have "backward-facing fleshy spines that line the inside of their mouths," according to the Smithsonian

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  • They’re Carnivores 11 of 15
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    They may look harmless, but penguins do eat meat! They're carnivorous animals mostly eating fish and catch them all live in the sea according to About.com.

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  • No Land-Based Predators 12 of 15
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    Penguins live all over, but the penguins that live in Antarctica have no land-based predators, according to Science Kids. Pretty cool, right?

    Photo credit:  Lars K. Jensen | Flickr Attribution

  • They Molt! 13 of 15
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    According to the Smithsonian, penguins experience what is called a "catastrophic molt" about once a year.  They can't swim and fish without feathers, so they fatten themselves up beforehand to survive the 2—3 weeks it takes to replace them.

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  • They Live Forever 14 of 15
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    Okay, well, not forever but according to About.com, penguins can live about 15-20 years in the wild.

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  • They Breed in Large Colonies 15 of 15
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    Some species prefer to be on their own when they're breeding or protecting their eggs, but not penguins. According to the Smithsonian, all but two penguin species breed in large colonies for protection, ranging from 200 to hundreds of thousands of birds. 

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