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Headless Penguins?

December 15, 2010

There are times when we would all like to literally hide our heads for one reason or another. But, the Penguin Post has learned our impossible dream is a daily reality for these two King Penguins on the South Atlantic island of South Georgia.

Thanks to their double-jointed necks, the ‘headless’ pair can merrily go about their business with optional heads on or heads off so to speak.

When a penguin needs a scratch or two on some hard to reach part of his body, he simply bends his head completely over and attacks the area that is that needs a scratch with his beak. Such dexterity guarantees there is no such thing as a ‘hard-to-reach spot’… and most importantly for us makes for an amusing natural image. The King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin, second only to the Emperor Penguin.

Mainly found in the South Atlantic and the northernmost waters of the northern Antarctic, there are believed to be around 2.23million King Penguins and their numbers are increasing.