Michigan’s Newest Penguin

The Penguin Post has learned that in Lansing Michigan, the Potter Park Zoo’s new male Magellanic penguin that hatched in May, is at long last on exhibit.

This new penguin is named Brown Right. He gets his name from his father, who was the longest living penguin to reside at Potter Park and recently died at age 27. Most Magellanic penguins in the wild live 12 to 25 years.

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With the new addition, Potter Park Zoo’s colony of Magellanic penguins now consists of six males and four females.”We’re proud of this successful penguin hatching and pleased to add to the population of these rare and unique animals,” Potter Park Zoo director Sherrie Graham said in a statement. “Our penguins allow zoo visitors to see an animal they would almost never get to see in the wild.”

If you head to the zoo’s penguin exhibit, you’ll see colored identification bands on each penguin’s flipper. Males are banded on the right flipper, and females wear theirs bands on the left. The penguins often get their names from the color of their band and the flipper to which it is attached.

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