Why do penguin's feet not freeze on the ice?

South Africa
January 21, 2007 9:59pm CST
Seems to me a penguin's feet should freeze solid or the penguin should melt the ice when it stands for many hours. Any thoughts?
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Penguins are able to tip up their feet and rest their weight on the tripod of their heels and tail to reduce contact with the ice. Also their feet are poorly insulated so their feet remain cold and do not melt the ice.
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@asmurthy (2464)
• India
22 Jan 07
Wecome to my lot. I bought a book by the title 'why don't penguins feet freeze'.It has all sorts of useless facts . the why is it has something to do with their circulation. This site will have all the answers in the universe. www.newscientist.com/lastword