Gentoo Chicks Hatch Down Under

The Penguin Post has learned that Australia’s Melbourne Aquarium has welcomed the first sub-Antarctic Gentoo penguin chicks of the 2011 breeding program.

The adult penguins have begun caring for the four fluffy hatchlings, with each parent taking turns to ensure their young ones stay warm.  However, the penguins are not the only ones looking after the chicks, with vets also on hand to ensure that they survive the critical first few days. The new chicks, who have a fluffy-grey plumage, are also born with a hard white bump on their beak, known as a “pipping tooth”, which they use to break through the egg.

Awwwwww, a cute Gentoo penguin baby


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