Each year the Emperor Penguin follows a long, hard, migration path to a location in Antarctica away from their regular home by the edge of the sea. They do this because during the fall Emperor Penguins mate and the female lays an egg. The reason they migrate inland away from water is so that when the egg hatches there will be more ice beneath the newborn penguin’s feet and much less chance of it falling through to the sea.
Once the female penguin lays the egg she is exhausted from all of the work and needs to leave to go back to the ocean to find something to eat.
The starving father who hasn’t eaten for about four weeks will return to the sea to feed. The mother will remain with the chick for some time then leave to return to the sea again. This time the young penguin will be left alone.
When it grows it’s swimming feathers it too will go to the sea to feed. Then someday it will follow the same migration route that it’s parents followed and that Emperor Penguins have been following for centuries.
The Emperor Penguin’s amazing migration cycle shows us that many creatures endure a difficult journey to raise their young. This journey requires care, strength, and lots of patience.