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The explosive physics of pooping penguins: they can shoot poo over four feet

1 month ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / Bombs away! When approaching a brooding penguin in its nest, it's best to beware of flying feces. Penguin poo can travel as far as 1.34 meters , a new study finds. (credit: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images )
Nature is a brutal place, so during brooding, chinstrap and Adélie penguins are reluctant to leave their eggs unguarded in the nest-even to relieve themselves. But one also does not wish to sully the nest with feces. So instead, a brooding penguin will hunker down, point its rear end away from the nest, lift its tail, and let fly a projectile of poo-thereby...
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