Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Moody Gardens Galveston welcomes rockhopper penguin chick


GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Moody Gardens in Texas has a new arrival thanks to parents Ozzie and Gaga swapping turns atop the egg.
The aquarium complex in Galveston on Monday unveiled a southern rockhopper penguin chick. It's the first time that a southern rockhopper has hatched at Moody Gardens.
Spokeswoman Courtney Carr said Tuesday that officials aren't sure if the chick is a he or a she, pending blood tests. Carr says the chick remains in the nest with its parents, but is on display in the penguin exhibit.
The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/22nAchx ) reports biologists over the weekend discovered the newly hatched aquatic bird.
The new rockhopper won't develop its signature yellow crest for months. It takes about a year for a penguin to begin to molt and develop its adult plumage.


Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com


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