Emperor penguins grow up during the winter in the Antarctic. But even though the conditions are extremely harsh each chick needs to learn how to make friends if they are going to survive. In this clip from the BBC’s Snow Chick: A Penguin’s Tale, a young penguin is nudged by his mother to leave her puch and to strike out on his own.
This little guy was the last to hatch and is behind in development compared to his peers. But as the narrator says, “when you’re the smallest it’s tough to join the gang.”
In another clip from the show, it’s a nail-biting moment when the same baby penguin must find his mother before freezing to death in a terrifying blizzard.
One thing that is highlighted is just how epic the penguins fight to survive and how much they need each other to do so.
Snow Chick: A Penguin’s Tale follows the adventure of one emperor penguin from the time he emerges from the egg to the moment he leaves for the sea.