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World’s biggest king penguin colony shrinks 90 percent

PARIS: The planet's largest colony of king penguins has declined by nearly 90 percent in three decades, alarmed researchers said Monday. The last time scientists set foot on France's remote Ile aux Cochons -- roughly half way between the tip of Africa and Antarctica -- the island was blanketed by two million of the flightless birds, which stand about a metre (three feet) tall. But recent satellite images and photos taken from helicopters show the population has collapsed, with barely 200,000 remaining, according to a…