Friday, February 8, 2008

A new baby in Connecticut

A baby penguin is the newest addition to the collection of fish and animals at the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration in Mystic, CT.

The aquarium announced that the chick was born Jan. 13. It is expected to go on display in the spring. Aquarium scientists will not know the sex of the chick until a blood test is done in a few months.

The aquarium is part of a cooperative breeding program for African black-footed penguins with other zoos and aquariums, known as the Species Survival Plan. The aquarium has seen more than a dozen chicks successfully hatched over the past 18 years.

African black-footed penguins lay two eggs, and both parents share in the responsibility of incubating them for 38 to 42 days. After they hatch, the parents feed regurgitated fish to the chicks.


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