Whoever said that National Geographic documentaries are boring haven’t seen the video of two penguins brawling over the love of a female.
The video in question starts by showing the viewer a picturesque panorama: a colony of penguins on the shore of the sea and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But after a few seconds, the attention of the cameraman focuses in another part of the penguin colony, where there’s lots of commotion.
Apparently, as the narrator says, one of the male penguins from the colony came home early and found his mate in the arms (or rather wings) of another male. Without pausing to ask about the intruder, the cuckolded male attacks the intruder without any warning.
When thinking about penguins, most of us regard them as gentle creatures, very curious by nature. However, this video shows us that penguins can be as vicious as a mother bear protecting her cubs when another male tries to take his mate.
As the narrator explains, unlike other birds who have hollow bones, penguins’ bones are solid and quite heavy. In addition, they can flap their wings to up to 8 times per second, striking their enemies hard and fast.
All this penguin brawl doesn’t last long – in only a few seconds, the two penguins, covered in blood, reach a stalemate. One of them calls upon the female in order to end the dispute. What followed next seems to hint to a scene from a Shakespearian play.
The female is called upon to choose between the two males fighting over her. She chooses the intruder over her original husband and returns with him to the nest in order to mend his battle wounds.
But the husband doesn’t give up that easily,and as they lay down in their new home, the penguin’s former mate charges at the intruder again, making one final attempt to win the heart of his beloved. The fight ends again in a stalemate and the female points out that she chose a new mate and her ex-lover must depart from the nest.
The video ends with the penguin going away, admitting his defeat. These marvelous frames captured on tape shows that love feuds are not only limited to human beings and that even gentle creatures such as penguins become feral when it comes to matters of love.
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