Penguin chick arrives at Adventure Aquarium – just in time for the New Year!

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Meet our very own ‘Baby New Year!’ We’re thrilled to announce that a brand new African penguin chick arrived at Adventure Aquarium on Sunday, January 5, having hatched overnight to parents Minnie and Kamikaze.

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Late Saturday, Aquarium biologists knew that a hatching was imminent, having heard soft “pipping” sounds from inside the egg as the chick readied itself to hatch by chipping away at its shell. Sure enough, biologists arrived Sunday morning to see that the little chick had hatched overnight!

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And at a healthy 72 grams (2.5 ounces), it’s doing exceedingly well – strong, vibrant, vocal and very mobile for only being about a day old. To give you a size comparison, the penguin is so tiny that it can fit in the palm of your hand!

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This chick is Minnie and Kamikaze’s 7th since they became a breeding pair, and will be the 4th of theirs to call Adventure Aquarium home, along with siblings Myer, Jack and Jambo. Three of the pair’s other chicks were sent to other facilities across the country as part of the AZA’s Species Survival Program breeding recommendations. So the new chick has relatives across the country!

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With this new addition, 2014 is sure to be a monumental year for Minnie and Kamikaze. A year that could quite possibly top the excitement of 2013, during which their ‘grandchicks’ Pumpkin and Patch hatched to parents Jack and Diane! Pumpkin and Patch make their official public debut this weekend during Adventure Aquarium’s Celebrity Penguin Weekend, January 11-12.

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So what’s next on our newest arrival’s agenda? Tomorrow marks the chick’s first checkup with Adventure Aquarium vets, and it will go through daily weigh-ins with our biologists, who will ensure that the chick continues to thrive.

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Be sure to stay tuned all week for ongoing updates on this brand new addition to the Adventure Aquarium family.

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22 thoughts on “Penguin chick arrives at Adventure Aquarium – just in time for the New Year!

  1. All babies are cute. You just want them to hug them. Great addition, what is its name?

  2. Oh wow! Good luck little guy. Or girl. 🙂

  3. How adorable. It just warmed my heart to see these photos of this sweet little guy!

  4. Greetings! My name is Heather and I was wondering if you would be willing to answer my question about your blog! My email is Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com 🙂

  5. Wooow, I’ve never seen young penguins 🙂

  6. Aren’t baby penguins one of the most irresistible?

  7. He’s a real sweetie 🙂

  8. Cuteness personified!

  9. Showed it to my daughter who loves animals, birds. And she squealed in delight!! Congrats. What an awesome start to the year!

  10. This is wonderful

  11. This is unbelievably cute – this has made my day! xxx

  12. Adorable love!!!!

  13. Awww, so cute! I love baby penguins. They are so sweet.

  14. Cute pics.
    can I repost them on my blog.

  15. Pingback: Adventure Insider | Second Penguin Chick of the New Year Hatches at Adventure Aquarium

  16. Penguins are too awesome, Great capture!

  17. Ahhh! It’s so cute! I just love baby things.

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