two Gentoo penquin chicks waddled their way back to their exhibit for
the first time since they hatched almost three months ago.
Mar 04, 2015
By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Producer
By Carolyn Long, Anchor
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
The baby penguins are growing up fast, and they are back on display at the Kansas City Zoo.
In mid-December, the Kansas City Zoo welcomed in two baby penguins.
The two Gentoo penguin chicks waddled their way back to their exhibit on Wednesday after being hidden away for a time. "Both
of the birds were hatched on exhibit. We basically kept them with their
parents until we got to a certain point. Once we got to having them at a
certain age, we pulled them back and had to get them used to being fed
by the keepers," said Sean Putney, director of living collections.
But they are chicks no more. They now weigh in at 11.9 and 13.8 pounds, a far cry from their 3.5 ounce birth weight. "They
have to grow extremely quickly when you're a penguin. Otherwise, you
won't make it in the real world. So they grow quite quickly. They have
to gain 10-20 percent of their body weight on a daily basis in order to
get to this point," Putney.
So, they have already molted, shed
their down and grown in their adult, waterproof feathers. And, it didn't
take long to get their flippers wet.
Next, they'll need to learn to hand-feed from the keepers, like the rest of the flock. "As
you can see, it was pretty eventful, comical at times, and even though
they are a touch smaller than the other penguins in there, they are
still having a little bit of a tough time. But it went pretty well for
their first time," Putney said.
Gentoos are the third largest of the penguin species primarily found in the Antarctic Islands.
But, you can visit these two yet unnamed chicks every day at the Kansas City Zoo, which is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Penguin Camera is located on Torgersen Island (64°46’S, 64°04’W), off the coast of Anvers Island and less than a mile from Palmer Station. Torgersen Island is home to a colony of Adélie penguins numbering approximately 2,500. This camera is seasonal and operates primarily from October to February, the Adélie breeding season. The camera is solar-powered and may sometimes experience brief outages due to inclement weather. School classrooms and other educational demonstrations will often take control of the camera, moving it to gain better views of the colony.