Do penguins run?

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    Yes, but it may depend on what you consider “running.” Penguins, because of their size and shape, generally do what most humans consider “waddling.” This is because penguins have short, but strong legs with webbed feet and claws. Their legs are set far back on the body to aid in swift, efficient swimming. The placement causes penguins to stand vertically and walk upright!

    According to Seaworld, different types of penguins walk at different speeds. Smaller kinds generally walk in short steps or hop, sometimes using their bills to aid in climbing cliffs. Yet penguins have predators on both land and water, so their speed in swimming and in running is crucial to their survival. Adélie penguins walk at a speed of 3.9 kph (2.4 mph), but Emperor and king penguins walk more slowly and do not hop. They are known to walk at a maximum speed of 3.8 kph (1.7 mph). 

    It’s funny that you ask, because there is a wonderful cause for penguin conservation called Running with Penguins, associated with the nonprofit Oceanites. Running with Penguins is a cause based around Dean Schuster, who is running in the 2012 Antartica Marathon to raise money for Oceanites and the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens, which work in tandem making efforts in on-the-ground penguin conservation. To learn more please visit the Running with Penguins website at: http://runningwithpenguins.com/

    If you would like to see a penguin run, check out this video on youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYMgPnFAIt4

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