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King Penguin Chicks In The Mid-West

March 31, 2012

The Penguin Post has learned that three King Penguin chicks hatched at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Penguin & Puffin Coast this past January and February. King chicks hatch from their eggs after about 55 days. The parents then continue to keep it warm under their belly flap for 30-40 days until it grows too large to cover. They continue to share feeding duties for about eight months. This handsome bird is one of the largest penguin species. As an adult, it weighs about 33 pounds, second only to the Emperor penguin. The penguin chick keepers routinely weigh the youngsters to monitor their growth. After the quick check, they are returned to their parents.