Friday, October 25, 2013

Camden Aquarium Welcomes Penguin Baby

Posted: Oct 23, 2013 
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ, is now home to a baby African Black-Footed Penguin. The chick hatched on Tuesday and is under the watchful eyes of its penguin parents. Another penguin is expected to hatch soon.

According to the aquarium, the chick's parents are Jack and Diane, an 11 and 13 year old, who have previously had a chick.
The aquarium has bred and raised 15 African Black-Footed Penguin chicks as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's African penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP).

You can follow the little penguin here:
According to Adventure Aquarium, penguin chicks typically take 38-42 days to hatch out of their eggs after they are laid. During an incubation period, both parents will take turns sitting on the egg. After the chick hatches, mom and dad take turns protecting, feeding and keeping the chick warm 2 to 3 days at a time.

Jack and Diane's second chick of the clutch is expected to hatch sometime in the next few days. As this egg continues to incubate, Jack and Diane will alternate between one sitting on the egg, and one caring for their newborn.


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