Baby pen­guin de­buts at Aquar­ium of the Pa­cific

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

A baby Mag­el­lanic pen­guin has made its pub­lic de­but at South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s Aquar­ium of the Pa­cific. The chick wad­dled out in front of news me­dia Tues­day af­ter spend­ing weeks in a be­hind-the-scenes nurs­ery at the Long Beach aquar­ium. The chick hatched in May as the lat­est off­spring of par­ents Roxy and Floyd and sib­ling to Skip­per, Lily, Heidi and An­der­son. Its sex has yet to be de­ter­mined. Mag­el­lanic pen­guins are na­tive to the coasts of Ar­gentina and Chile. In­cu­ba­tion takes 38 to 43 days be­fore hatch­ing. Ini­tially, chicks are cov­ered with a downy plumage that is not wa­ter­tight. Dur­ing a process called fledg­ing the down is re­placed by wa­ter­tight ju­ve­nile feath­ers.—AP

CAL­I­FOR­NIA: In this photo pro­vided by the Aquar­ium of the Pa­cific, a baby pen­guin swims dur­ing its pub­lic de­but at the June Keyes Pen­guin Habi­tat at the Aquar­ium of the Pa­cific in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia. —AP

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