Roger Tory Peterson's “Penguins,” gouache on paper, 14 x 20 inches
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Relative size of Palaeeudyptes klekowskii to living and past penguins
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Penguin News Today
It’s a common issue with many bird species, and their growth is so rapid it can result in a permanent disability unless treated quickly. It was a result of some over-zealous parenting by first-time mum and dad Pinky and Kev. Basically they sat on him a bit too heavily.– Lyndsey Crawford, Scarborough Sea Life Centre
They are very social birds, greeting each other every morning and reinforcing the bond between them with regular bill tapping and mutual preening. The chick is expected to emerge to meet his extended family properly in about a week’s time.
He won’t be fully initiated until he is able to join them for their underwater formation swims a few weeks after that though. He may have had a wobbly start to life with his legs, but we don’t expect any problems with his water wings.– Lyndsey Crawford, Scarborough Sea Life Centre