Noodles Is A Proud Papa Penguin

The Penguin Post is proud to report that the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California has recently welcomed two new residents — a pair of penguin chicks being cared for by their parents in nest burrows inside the Keyes Penguin Habitat.

The penguin parents are Patsy and Noodles who’s egg hatched a week ago, and Kate and Avery chick hatched first 2½ half weeks ago.  The new chicks will be seen by the public when they leave their nests and join the other birds, likely at the end of the summer, officials said Tuesday.

Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America, according to the aquarium. It takes between 38 and 43 days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch.

New still un-named penguin chick born at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach with proud mama Kate.

New still un-named penguin chick born at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach with proud mama Kate.

 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 90 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. It is also around that time that caretakers will know if they are male or female and give name them with the help of the penguin loving public.

 

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