Thursday, June 19, 2014

BABIES: New Baby Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific! | @AquariumPacific #Penguins

Recently, I visited the Aquarium of the Pacific to see the 2013 penguin babies up close and personal.  Now I have exciting news to share about the new additions to the penguin family!  

There were new Magellanic Penguin chicks born to first-time parents Kate and Avery and Patsy and Noodles, residents of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat.

The penguins were born about 2 weeks ago and are being cared for in their nest burrows.  The babies won't be available to see until late summer when they leave their nests.

A little bit about Magellanic Penguins:

Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch. 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 ninety 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 in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. It is also around that time that we may know if they are male or female. In the meantime, the public can help support the penguins at the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific through the Adopt an Animal program. Adoptions start at $25 and include various benefits such as a photo of your adopted animal, adoption certificate, invitations to special events, and more. Adopt an Animal is one of the many giving programs at the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is a nonprofit institution that recently earned a 4-out-of-4 score from Charity Navigator for financial health, accountability, and transparency.

To see the latest pics of last years babies, be sure to check out Walking With Penguins, here.

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