Rotund young bird stands out from the rest of the colony, but he's about to undergo some serious changes
CBC News Posted: Jan 30, 2016
"Like other penguins, they sort of molt all in one go, but we will be able to see patches missing, or patches of brown fluff when he's half black-and-white and half brown. It's going to look quite bizarre for a while," Celli said.
His brown fluff is not waterproof like the black-and-white getup he'll soon sport, which will allow him to get in the water and learn to be a proper penguin.
In the wild, the process of growing up would be faster, with the parents abandoning the child and forcing it to learn or die.
"Whereas here, he can always pester a little bit more and maybe get a free meal here and there," Celli said. Nero is expected to go through his changes any time over the next three months.