EMPEROR PENGUIN CHICK
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Be thankful you're not an emperor penguin chick: Until it can find its own food, an emperor penguin chick is fed about 185 pounds of regurgitated seafood—about 92 pounds from each parent.
Photograph by Zhiwei Zhou, Dreamstime
Be thankful you're not a bubble-eye goldfish: The fluid-filled sacs around its eyes are so big and heavy that this fish can barely lift its head. Or be happy you are not a mola, which can be as large as a small truck. Learn about the immense mola fish.
Photograph by Sergey Uryadnikov, Dreamstime
Be thankful you're not a hippo: A hippo's sweat is red, which could be very embarrassing.
Illustration by Franco Tempesta
Be thankful you're not a dinosaur: You'd be extinct!
Photograph by Beverly Joubert
Be thankful you're not a dung beetle: Dung beetles roll dung balls, make tunnels under dung balls, or live in dung. And each of these beetles eats the tiny nutritious bits left behind in the dung!
Photograph by Pichet Panyaud, Dreamstime
Be thankful you're not a cicada: Both male and female cicadas have a short adult life. They die after about two-to-six weeks above ground.
Photograph by Arto Hakola/Shutterstock
Be thankful you're not a jackrabbit: An eagle can spot these hares from more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away.
Photograph by Misscanon, Dreamstime
Be thankful you are you and not a monarch butterfly: Every year, the North American monarch may fly all the way from Canada to Mexico, more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) away!