Posts Tagged ‘Penguin Chick’

A Penguin Named For David Bowie

January 11, 2016

The Penguin Post has learned that recently the Cincinnati Zoo welcomed its first baby penguin birth of the year and has named the little waddler after David Bowie.

After taking name suggestions through Facebook and Twitter, the penguin keepers decided to name the chick Bowie, after the legendary rocker on his birthday on Friday.   The newborn chick  which is a Little Blue (Fairy) penguin, was born on Friday. Even though it was born on both David Bowie’s and Elvis Presley’s birthday, they went with the glam rock icon since there’s already a penguin named “The King.” What makes the naming of this penguin chick more appropriate is that the rock legend David Bowie passed away today, a mere three days after the naming.

Our Bowie couldn’t have come at a better time. “The Zoo celebrates Penguin Days during January and February, so it’s fitting that a penguin chick would be the first little one to arrive in 2016,”  said Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard.

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It’s A Rockin Hopper Boy

September 11, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that the gender of the Shedd Aquarium’s newest addition, a baby rockhopper penguin that hatched in June, has been determined and it’s a…boy.Rockhopper-Penguin-Chick_2-300x200

Animal care staff at the Shedd confirmed that Chick No. 23, as he is still known, is a male through a genetic test conducted during a recent check-up, according to a statement from the aqaurium, since there are no observable sex differences in rockhopper penguins.

The chick hatched June 9, and has already nearly reached his full adult height of about 18 inches, according to the aquarium staff. He currently weighs about 4.5 pounds, up from 2 ounces when he hatched.

The penguin chick has been exploring his habitat on his own, learning to swim by himself, and accepting food from trainers after being fully weaned from his parents, and now that his gender has been determined he should be named soon (as chick #23 is not really a cool name).

Rockhopper penguins are considered a vulnerable species. The Shedd is currently home to more than 30 and has been part of a breeding program since 1991.

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Michigan’s Newest Penguin

August 13, 2015

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.

Penguin Chick Joins Pals At Aqarium Of The Pacific

August 12, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that the Aquarium of the Pacific announced the birth of its newest, fluffiest addition to the family, a Magellanic Penguin chick who hatched on June 5. The baby will make its public debut and join the other penguins in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat on Tuesday, August 18.

vvhpUXuh-kXhQ42rCPQ5YM13Cb0udyNFdbkCgLyXvr4The new chick represents the third generation of aquarium-born penguins. Paddles, Jayde, Mattson and Skipper were born in 2014, while Heidi and Anderson both came into the world the year before. Penguins Roxy and Floyd are the parents of this year’s chick, while Heidi and Anderson are its siblings.

Magellanic Penguin chicks are born with a downy layer of plumage that is not watertight. For safety reasons, including preventing the chick from wandering into the water before its feathers are fit for a swim, the chicks are removed from their nests after 25 days to a behind-the-scenes nursery until their down is replaced by watertight juvenile feathers, a process called fledging. The chick will also learn to swim and to take hand-fed fish before it is moved to the penguin habitat to rejoin its fine feathered community.

6DbQJ4Nd1ueHdMhpBodFnG_p4ylqs9n2YKNbtHgCXNUAccording to Dudley Wigdahl, curator of birds and mammals at the aquarium, the chick only weighed about 70 grams when it hatched in early June, while it now weighs about seven pounds. It’s about three quarters through the fledging process (it still has some downy feathers on its back) and its gender will be determined through a blood test near the end of next week.

“To the inexperienced eye, both males and females look exactly alike,” he said of the species. “There is a little bit of difference when they’re adults, the males are slightly heavier, slightly taller, the bill is slightly longer, but there’s an overlap, so you can’t really be 100 percent sure until someone lays an egg.”

And while the chick hasn’t been named yet, Wigdahl says that its keepers have noticed a little spunk in its personality. “It’s more interested in playing than in eating food, so this one seems to be a very curious bird,” he said.

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 this type of Penguin egg will hatch. Chicks hatch with their eyes closed and are able to open them about a week later. In the wild, Magellanic Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch.

The chick will be reintroduced to friends and family on Tuesday, August 18, when the public can take a gander at the once-fluffy bundle starting at 9:00AM when the aquarium opens.

Adorable Penguin Chick Takes The Plunge In Texas

July 16, 2015

After pacing along the fence of her holding area for weeks, Marina The Penguin finally proved to her Dallas Zoo keepers Tuesday that she was ready to take her first plunge.  The 3-month-old African black-footed penguin had recently lost all of her gray downy feathers, signaling she was ready to swim.

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With only a little stage fright at the beginning, Marina dived into the water and was later joined by parents Tazo and Tulip. Also in the pool were two zoo employees to ensure the chick’s safety. “This was her first swim lesson,” said Sprina Liu, curator of birds. “It was a big deal for us to make sure she came out just fine. She was perfect.”

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Her hatching was part of the African Penguin Species Survival Plan, one of the 450 survival plan programs managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The penguin exhibit opened in 2006, but this was the first year the association gave the zoo the OK to breed the birds.

“This was our first penguin chick,” Liu said, “and it was a big deal for us.” Marina’s zookeepers are staying in contact with the National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., as well as other facilities to ensure they are raising her correctly. African penguins are an endangered species typically found in South Africa. They have experienced a 90 percent decline in population since the early 1900s, and only 50,000 African penguins remain waddling in the wild, according to the zoo. The Dallas Zoo hopes to breed more penguins in the years to come, but that depends on the genetics of parent penguins and the amount of enclosure space, Liu said.

Name That Penguin Contest

April 8, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that this week the Rosamont Gifford Zoo in Syracuse NY is holding an online naming contest for its new Humboldt penguin chicks. The two females hatched in January at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo are the offspring of Mario and Montana. The zoo says an initial request last week yielded 961 suggested names, most from the U.S. and some from the United Kingdom.

Humboldt_penguin_chickNow the finalists chosen by a committee of zoo staff that considered creativity and overall appeal will go to an online vote. A Latin American influence was also a factor because the Humboldts populate the west coast of South America. The finalists are: Alejandra, Calypso, Frida, Malia and Muchacha. Voting started Monday and will run through 4 p.m. Friday on the zoo website.  So go and cast your vote.

Baby Humboldt Penguin Hat Trick

March 27, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that this month, the Oregon Zoo welcomed three new Humboldt penguin chicks to their colony.  Zoo keepers say the penguins’ genders won’t be known until their first full veterinary checkup, which will take place in about three months.

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The new arrivals are staying warm in their nest boxes and growing strong on a diet of regurgitated “fish smoothie” provided by their parents, according to zoo keepers. “The chicks look like velvety gray plush toys,” said curator Michael Illig, who oversees the zoo’s birds and species recovery programs. “They weigh just a few ounces and can fit in the palm of your hand.” Visitors will be able to view the young penguins this Summer, once the chicks fledge and begin to explore the zoo’s Penguinarium.

By summer, the three chicks will be grayish-brown all over and be nearly as tall as the adult Humboldts. Their distinctive black-and-white tuxedo markings won’t develop for a couple more years. Humboldt penguins live along the South American coastline off Peru and Chile. In 2010, the penguins were granted protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Kevin Bacon is a Cute Baby Penguin

March 5, 2015

Yes, Kevin Bacon is indeed the name of an adorable new born King Penguin chick from Kentucky. The Penguin Post has learned that the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky, has a new baby king penguin that made his debut appearance Tuesday, and his name is Kevin Bacon (yes, he is named after the actor).  The name of the penguin was revealed to a group of third-graders from St. Francis de Sales School, Lebanon, during their visit to the aquarium.

Newport Aquarium senior biologist Jen Hazeres holds Kevin Bacon, a king penguin chick born Feb. 7 and unveiled at the aquarium Tuesday. He was due to hatch on Friday the 13th, so he was named for the actor who starred in the movie.

Newport Aquarium senior biologist Jen Hazeres holds Kevin Bacon, a king penguin chick born Feb. 7 and unveiled at the aquarium Tuesday. He was due to hatch on Friday the 13th, so he was named for the actor who starred in the movie.

The aquarium’s penguin population has now produced three chicks in a nine-month span. Kevin Bacon, who weighed 7.93 ounces when he was hatched Feb. 7, now weighs a whopping 2.5 pounds.  The chick’s expected hatching date was Friday the 13th, so he was named for the actor who starred in the movie. The chick’s parents are Bebe (father) and Wednesday (mother). He is the second chick the pair has reproduced. The aquarium’s king penguin population has produced three chicks in a nine-month span. There has been an average of only 14 king penguin hatchlings annually over the last 10 years at zoos and aquariums in the United States, said senior biologist Dan Clady.

 

Blessing The Penguin

October 29, 2014
A four-month-old Humboldt penguin named "Kaya" is blessed by a Catholic priest prior to its first swim Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at the country's largest oceanarium, the Manila Ocean Park in Manila, Philippines. Kaya, born July 8, 2014, becomes the first penguin to be born in the country.

A four-month-old Humboldt penguin named “Kaya” is blessed by a Catholic priest prior to its first swim Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at the country’s largest oceanarium, the Manila Ocean Park in Manila, Philippines. Kaya, born July 8, 2014, becomes the first penguin to be born in the country.

In this photo by Bullit Marquez, Roman Catholic priest Jacob Gomes blesses a 4-month-old Humboldt penguin before it takes its first swim at the Manila Ocean Park in the Philippines. The park launched its baby penguin attraction Wednesday and announced the winner of a contest to choose the baby’s name, Kaya, meaning competence or ability in Tagalog. Before the penguin’s first swim, it was placed in one side of a pool, separated from its penguin parents by a net. During the blessing, Gomes stressed the importance of environmental conservation and the need for people to protect all species of marine life, which are “a creation of God.” Kaya was born July 8 and is the first penguin to be born in the country. Its gender is not yet known.

World’s First Test Tube Penguin

October 29, 2014

The Penguin Post has learned that a Chinstrap penguin chick which has the unglamorous title of ‘184’ until it is given a name, was hatched at SeaWorld in San Diego 12 weeks ago, though the first images of her were only made public this week.

Penguin 184’s success could help scientists restore threatened penguin populations in future

Penguin 184’s success could help scientists restore threatened penguin populations in future

184, who is the first penguin to be born via artificial insemination, represents a huge step for researchers in helping to diversify captive penguin populations and aid their studies.