Thursday, October 7, 2010

San Diego emperor penguin chick turns 25 days old

This image provided by SeaWorld San Diego on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, shows an emperor penguin chick that hatched at SeaWorld San Diego in early Sept. 2010. The chick, which weighs nearly 2 pounds and stands about 7 inches tall, is being reared behind the scenes at SeaWorld's Penguin Encounter. It's the 21st successful hatching of an emperor penguin at SeaWorld San Diego, the only place in North America to house and successfully breed the species, according to park officials. (AP Photo/SeaWorld San Diego) NO SALES

SAN DIEGO — Caretakers at the SeaWorld San Diego Penguin Encounter say it will be another month before they know the gender of the newest emperor penguin chick.
Spokeswoman Alexandra Kuty says sex is determined by the chick's vocalizations.
The 25-day-old chick will be introduced to the adult emperor colony when it is 4 months old.
The penguin encounter is the only place in North America that successfully breeds emperor penguins.
Spokeswoman Alexandra Kuty says there were 10 eggs this year but only one chick. It is the 21st emperor penguin hatched at SeaWorld.
The chick weighed 12 ounces and was 4 inches tall when it was hatched. Today, it weighs nearly 2 pounds and is almost 7 inches tall. It will eventually be 4 feet tall and weigh around 99 pounds.


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