Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Watch 6 baby penguins join the colony at the Syracuse zoo (video)

By Lauren Long |
on July 11, 2016
Syracuse, N.Y. — Four-and-a-half inches long. That's about the size of the penguin chicks born earlier this spring at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

They've come a long way since then.

We followed the group of six through swimming lessons, hand feedings, weigh-ins and other prep behind-the-scenes as they got ready for their big debut. Now the chicks have moved to the outdoor, public display space at the zoo and are getting used to their new digs. Waterways, heated rocks, and tunnels make up the space they'll share with the rest of the adult Humboldt population.

This video, taken by the Rosamond Gifford Zoo staff, shows the penguins' first steps into the space they'll call home.

Humboldt penguins gather before their afternoon feeding at Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park in Syracuse June 21, 2005. The original colony of 19 birds in 2005 has grown to become one of the most successful penguin breeding programs in the country. Michael Greenlar


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