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Because Baby African Penguins Need Some Love Too

In the spirit of miracles and endosymbiotic theory, we have some extinction evading maneuvers taken by two Coloradan zoos that saved the life of one darling baby African penguin:

Greg Henry/Denver Zoo

The endangered penguin’s parents were either unwilling or incapable of sitting on the poor chap, so zookeeper and concerned citizen Melanie Pococke put in the call to find some surrogate folks.

Per the Washington Examiner:

The adoptive parents immediately began caring for the newborn by “brooding” the chick by covering it with their bodies and wings for protection and quickly began feeding it, says the Denver Zoo.

Kudos to the Denver Zoo’s sympathetic penguin population for taking the time to care for a kindred pup. Big ups to all devoted zookeepers–gods amongst men.

From Teamwork, Life?

Okay, I want to take you back. Wayyy back.

I’m not a microbiologist or anything but it seems to me this is pretty damn cool. A long, long time ago the only life on Earth were simple bacteria. How did our little bacteria friends grow and change and become the organisms that are essentially our ancestors? Let this video explain.

Essentially, mitochondria, the building blocks of complex life, could be the product of some sort of bacteria deciding to take up residence inside some other sort of bacteria. This whole crazy thing is called endosymbiotic theory and it basically says that working together allowed these simple organisms to become the complex and diverse flora and fauna of today.

I feel better knowing that symbiotic cooperation was the catalyst for the development of all complex lifeforms. It’s remarkable that it all began with a little bit of teamwork. I guess it’s no surprise then that enmity has always threatened to be our undoing…