Two male pen­guins be­come par­ents at Syd­ney’s Sea Life Aquar­ium

The Sunday Guardian - - Profile -

SYD­NEY: Two male pen­guins en­trusted with the care of a fos­tered egg have wel­comed a tiny sub-Antarc­tic Gen­too chick into the world, Syd­ney’s Sea Life Aquar­ium said on Fri­day. The pair, Magic and Sphen, made head­lines around the world this month when aquar­ium staff gave them the egg, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful trial with a dummy egg. The yet- to- be- named chick, weigh­ing 91 gm (3.21 oz), was born on the evening of Oct. 19 and is the first sub­Antarc­tic pen­guin born at the aquar­ium. The cou­ple, who formed a bond be­fore the 2018 breed­ing sea­son, doted on the adopted chick, said Tish Han­nan, an aquar­ium of­fi­cial. “The first 20 days of a pen­guin chick’s life are the most vul­ner­a­ble, so it is ex­tra-im­por­tant the chick is very happy, healthy and well fed by his par­ents,” she added. Magic and Sphen had placed the egg on small nest­ing rings built with peb­bles and shared du­ties, with one pa­trolling for pos­si­ble threats, while the other kept the egg warm. AGEN­CIES

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