Put pen­guin to pa­per and name chicks

Weekend Herald - - News -

They’re cute, fluffy and they’re set to en­ter­tain thou­sands of vis­i­tors to Kelly Tarl­ton’s this sum­mer.

But the lat­est ad­di­tion to the pop­u­lar Auck­land tourist at­trac­tion’s fam­ily — three Gen­too pen­guin chicks — are miss­ing one very im­por­tant thing: names.

Hatched in Oc­to­ber, the three chicks weigh about 3kg each.

“It’s amaz­ing to see how quickly each pen­guin has grown and their per­son­al­i­ties are grow­ing just like they are,” pen­guin keeper Kris­ten Buck­ley said.

“Two of the chicks are very vo­cal and in­quis­i­tive . . . while the other one is quite shy and doesn’t ven­ture off the nest too much.”

Kelly Tarl­ton’s is giv­ing Week­end Her­ald read­ers the chance to name them. To get you started, Kelly Tarl­ton’s of­fered up a few ideas such as bas­ing names on a fa­mous trio (like The Three Mus­ke­teers, or The Chip­munks), names that be­gin with the same let­ter (sim­i­lar to the Kar­dashian fam­ily), or SubAntarc­tic names like where the Gen­toos are from (such as the Mac­quarie, An­tipodes and Prince is­lands).

Sub­mis­sions close at 7pm on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13.

The win­ning en­try will re­ceive two free passes to visit Sea Life Kelly Tarl­ton’s Aquar­ium.

Photo / Michael Craig

A Gen­too pen­guin chick gets cu­ri­ous about a Kelly Tarl­ton res­i­dent.

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