SeaWorld's new penguin meets the family
Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 2:08 p.m.
On Thursday, SeaWorld began introducing its new emperor penguin chick to the big guys at the park's Penguin Encounter.
It's a gradual process, park officials say. Eventually, she'll join the exhibit, which boasts more than 300 penguins representing five species.
The female chick is the first emperor penguin to be hatched at the park in eight years. Its' the 21st successful hatching there.
The chick, now kept at a nursery behind the exhibit, is growing up fast. She weighed 12 ounces when hatched on Sept. 12. She's now 11 pounds.
The emperor penguin, native to the Antarctic, is the largest of the penguin family. They can reach more than 3 feet tall and weigh 90 pounds.