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Happy Feet movie is one of my all time favorites. The protagonist Mumble simply cannot sing unlike the other kids in the penguin colony. He prefers to dance and in fact, he loves to dance. He does get criticized for it, poor fellow! This movie gives some lessons in recognizing and accepting individual talents especially in kids. It also sheds light on how various natural environments are getting disturbed and altered by human encroachments.
As depicted in the movie , the emperor penguin is one creature where the dad is Super Dad! The mother lays the eggs and goes off to the oceans to feed and the entire incubation is done by the father. Its no easy feat. The two months of the Antarctic Winter is spent by the father penguin holding the egg carefully on top of his feet and he needs to maintain his balance. Any exposure to the freezing weather could destroy the egg and the chick inside. I am making a mental note to broadcast this info on whats app next Father's Day!
Yesterday on Facebook I saw a video of a couple . There seems to be a machine that can give men an idea about what labor pain feels like and the pregnant woman was having fun trying it on her spouse and reminding him again and again what she would be going through in a few days time! This video was made on a light note of course.
Like the emperor penguin, nature does have a fair share of creatures where the father's job is a lot more tougher than the mother in the reproduction cycle. Nature! It never ceases to amaze me!