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  • But one challenge stops them in their tracks: a Giant petrel.

  • They try to flee, but running isn't an Emperor's strong point.

  • A slip is all the petrel needs.

  • The chick is grabbed by his neck feathers, but the down just falls away.

  • They form a defensive circle, and prepare to stand their ground.

  • Despite their chick-like appearance, they are close to a meter tall.

  • Quite a size, even for a Giant petrel.

  • The chick towers to full height, protecting those behind.

  • His defiance buys time.

  • It's a standoff. Then, as if from nowhere: an Adélie.

  • The feistiest penguin in the world.

  • He fearlessly puts himself between the chicks and the petrel.

  • Even petrels don't mess with Adélie's.

  • Their plucky rescuer accompanies the chicks to the sea.

But one challenge stops them in their tracks: a Giant petrel.

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