A baby penguin live cam + TEDx = a great Thursday: 2 talks to watch when you’re not geeking out over these penguin chicks

Penguin baby cam: live streaming video by Ustream

Above, watch penguin chicks all day long with explore.org’s live cam of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s two newest Magellanic penguin chicks. Some background information on the chicks from explore.org:

"One of the eggs was abandoned by the parents, a common occurrence in the wild. By the time the Aquarium’s second chick hatched, the first was already twice its size, so Aquarium biologists raised it by hand to ensure its survival.

Now that the two chicks are near equal in size, they are being raised together for companionship. It is also important for the chicks to become accustomed to the biologists feeding them and get used to regular health checks, since the parents will not care for them when they are on exhibit. Likewise, in the wild, the parents go back to sea leaving the chicks to fend for themselves after fledging. At the Aquarium, they will have a team of experts to care for them daily.”

When you’re all maxed out on your cute quota for the day, switch to learning mode with these two great TEDx Talks on our feathered friends:

The great penguin rescue: Dyan deNapoli at TEDxBoston
At TEDxBoston, Dyan deNapoli tells the story of the world’s largest volunteer animal rescue, which saved more than 40,000 penguins after an oil spill off the coast of South Africa. How does a job this big get done? Penguin by penguin by penguin.

Penguins, ice, Douglas Mawson: Karen Barlow at TEDxCanberra
In this spellbinding talk, journalist Karen Barlow recalls two summers spent as a working journalist in one of the driest, most remote, yet increasingly human-affected places on Earth: the Antarctic. Enjoy stories of storms, frozen lakes, and “gray, fuzzy chicks.”

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