Aquarium to debut rare baby penguins

Jan 06, 2006

Two baby gentoo penguins, about the size of softballs, were to make their debut Thursday at the Newport Aquarium, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

One was set to appear in the main Kingdom of Penguins exhibit with its parents, while the other will be hand-raised in the nursery. The penguins were born Dec. 19 and 20.

Gentoo penguins are a "threatened" species -- one step from "endangered" -- native to the southern tip of South America and the edge of Antarctica. They're the smallest of the penguin family, averaging 2 feet tall and 10-12 pounds.

Only 20 institutions in the world -- 11 in the United States -- display them, and only five successfully bred them in 2005.

The two babies, gender undetermined, are the first issue of the Newport Aquarium's flock of 14 gentoo and nine king penguins.

"Breeding in captivity isn't unheard of, but it's difficult," said Ric Urban, aquarium biologist and curator of birds. "All the factors have to be right, and then there's always the danger of the parents accidentally cracking the egg early."

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Super Bowl athletes are scientists at work

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Super Bowl athletes are scientists at work

Jan 30, 2015

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gets called a lot of things. He calls himself the greatest cornerback in the NFL (and Seattle fans tend to agree). Sportswriters and some other players call him ...

Reintegrating extremist into society

Jan 30, 2015

The UK government's increasingly punitive response to those involved in terrorism risks undermining efforts to successfully reintegrate former extremists, according to research by the University of St Andrews.

Strategies to enhance intelligence analysis

Jan 30, 2015

If you've ever watched a thriller about undercover agents, you probably have the impression that intelligence officers are models of objectivity, pragmatism and sharp, unbiased thinking. However, in reality ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.