Lily the Penguin Debuts at The Aquarium of the Pacific
We attended as a guest of the Aquarium
There’s a new Penguin that was just born at the Aquarium Of The Pacific in Long Beach. We had the first glimpse of the little cutie when she made her debuted to the public on August 18th. Her name is Lily. She was born on June 5th, and she is now 70 days old. Her proud Magellanic Penguin parents are Roxy and Floyd, and her siblings are Heidi, Anderson, and Skipper.
They learn the sex of the chicks by taking a blood test, which I found that to be pretty interesting. They did not put Lily on display until now because she had to grow her watertight feathers in a process called fledging.
When we first met Lily she was simply adorable. She was in the middle of sucking down the fish her handlers were feeding her. It was fun to watch. My two-year-old was entertained by her and the other feeding penguins.
After the fish feeding, Lily and the other Penguins took a dip in the water. Lilly was gliding around in the tank flawlessly. She was easy to spot because she is a soft gray color while her parents and siblings are black and white. Lily looked to be the most active of the bunch. I am not sure if that is due to her age or what, but it made for a wonderful show.
I was amazed to learn how quick penguin chicks grew. Lily was almost as tall as the other penguins, and she is just a 70-day old baby chick.
You can visit Lily and her pals at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. They are on display daily.
If you would like to help support this adorable chick you can do so by donating through the Adopt an Animal program. Anyone who Adopts an Animal at $50.00 or more will be entered into a drawing for a penguin encounter and a penguin painting by a penguin chick. Good luck to all who are entered and if you go to the Aquarium Of The Pacific be sure to stop by to see Lily, she is too adorable to pass up.
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