April 27, 2018

Penguins celebrate Valentine’s Day by snoozing on felt hearts (Metro)

Penguins celebrate Valentine’s Day by snoozing on felt hearts (Metro)

Oh look, these penguins are celebrating Valentine’s Day better than we ever have. Rather than exchanging cheap chocolate or pretending that the poem our boyfriend wrote is actually really good, really, penguins living at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences mark the occasion by collecting red felt hearts the biologists have made just for them.

A penguin carries heart-shaped nesting material which it received from biologists as a Valentine’s Day promotion at the California Academy of Sciences Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Those felt hearts are then used as nesting material, either left as they are or torn to pieces. The penguins then snooze on said nesting material, in the ultimate rebellion against the commercialism of V Day.

A penguin gets a heart-shaped nesting material from biologist Spencer Rennerfeldt at the California Academy of Sciences Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in San Francisco. Academy staff handed out the hearts to the penguins who naturally use similar material to build nests in the wild. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The hearts aren’t just important for comfortable sleeping. Having an attractive nest is a key part of attracting a mate (think of how put off you’d be if the guy you were dating didn’t have a bed, but just a pile of rocks. Same thing for penguins, basically), so the hearts they collect will help the penguins find love. Aww. Read more

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