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New Penguins Hatched at the Aquarium of the Pacific

photo courtesy of Robin Riggs

photo courtesy of Robin Riggs

The Aquarium of the Pacific just announced the birth of two Magellanic penguin chicks. One of the chicks is just a week old and was born to Patsy and Noodles. The other chick is about two and a half weeks old and was born to parents Kate and Avery. The new baby chicks are currently cuddling with their parents in their nest inside of the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, and will be viewable by the public once they leave their nests later this summer.

We are thrilled to share with all of you the first pictures of these adorable new penguins!

photo courtesy of Robin Riggs

photo courtesy of Robin Riggs

photo courtesy of Robin Riggs

photo courtesy of Robin Riggs

Information about the penguins provided by the Aquarium of the Pacific
Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch. The chicks hatch with their eyes closed, and they are able to open their eyes about a week later. Magellanic Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch. The chicks fledge, or replace their downy newborn feathers with water-tight sub-adult feathers, after about ninety days. The Aquarium’s penguin chicks are expected to fledge in late August or early September and join the other penguins in the viewable parts of the exhibit in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. It is also around that time that we may know if they are male or female. In the meantime, the public can help support the penguins at the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific through the Adopt an Animal program. Adoptions start at $25 and include various benefits such as a photo of your adopted animal, adoption certificate, invitations to special events, and more. Adopt an Animal is one of the many giving programs at the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is a nonprofit institution that recently earned a 4-out-of-4 score from Charity Navigator for financial health, accountability, and transparency.

 

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