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Aquarium Announces New Penguin Chick

Aquarium Announces New Penguin Chick

Animals | Penguins

July 23, 2015

The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the birth of a female Magellanic Penguin chick named Lily. She hatched on June 5 and represents the third generation of Aquarium-born penguins. Four penguins hatched in 2014 (Paddles, Jayde, Mattson, and Skipper) and two in 2013 (Heidi and Anderson).

Penguins Roxy and Floyd are Lily’s parents, and Heidi, Anderson, and Skipper are her siblings. Magellanic Penguin chicks are born with a downy layer of plumage that is not watertight. For safety reasons, the Aquarium’s penguin chicks are removed from their parents’ or surrogates’ nests after twenty-five days to a behind-the-scenes nursery until their down is replaced by watertight juvenile feathers, a process called fledging. The chick’s sex was determined through a blood test around the time fledged. During its time in the nursery, the chick learned to swim and to take hand-fed fish. Lily made her public debut and joined the other penguins in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat on Tuesday, August 18.

The public can help support the nonprofit’s new penguin chick through the Adopt an Animal program. People who adopt a chick at the $50 level or above will be entered into an opportunity drawing for a penguin encounter and a one-of-a-kind painting by a penguin chick.

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. 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.