Magellanic Penguin Chicks Hatch at SeaWorld San Diego
And Then There Were Three . . . . More!
SeaWorld San Diego, already home to more than 250 amazing penguins, has three more birds in its family. These Magellanic penguins hatched a little more than a month ago and are doing great in the Penguin Encounter’s behind-the-scenes nursery.
The chicks are currently off exhibit while being hand-raised by aviculturists. They are also learning to socialize with their human care givers. Their cute and fluffy down feathers are slowly giving way to their permanent water proof juvenile feathers.
In the next several weeks, the birds will be introduced to the park’s other Magellanic penguins in their exhibit just outside the Penguin Encounter. The chicks, two males and one female, will be considered full size by three months and should soon be able to swim. Once adults, along with meeting guests from their exhibit, they will be part of the park’s important educational program as members of SeaWorld’s animal ambassador team.
Magellanic penguins are a temperate-climate species native to Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Island.
Submitted by johnwalker on Mon, 2010-07-05