Zoo19: Baby Penguin Update
Columbia (WLTX) -- The cutest new resident of Riverbanks Zoo is growing up fast!
The rockhopper penguin chick named Shaw was born on June 18, and he is already getting a feisty personality and his adult plumage. The chick, which hatched on exhibit, has been hand-reared by zookeepers, but will soon be back out on exhibit. The male chick, born to parents Calista and Skimmer, is the first penguin to be born at Riverbanks in five years.
Although Shaw is still fuzzy and can only make a squeaking noise, he has almost grown to his full-size and it won't be long before he is ready to dive in along with the other penguins on the Penguin Coast. Rockhoppers are the third smallest species of penguin and are approximately three to six pounds fully grown.