ST. LOUIS, Mo. – There’s a new baby rockhopper penguin at the St. Louis. Chickens hatch on November 30 and The zoo made the announcement over the weekend. You can now see the baby with its adoptive parents in their habitat.
The growing family will eventually be moving behind the scenes at Penguin & Puffin Coast. Zookeepers will help the new chick form a bond with the animal care team and practice rock jumping. The chick will return to the penguin colony when it learns how to swim.
The new penguin has a sibling named Opal. It was born in December 2002 and was the first successful hatch of its species at the zoo in 11 years.
Newly laid chickens are too young for sex determination. The baby’s name has yet to be shared with the public.
A recent study from the St. Louis shows that guests have an impact on penguin behavior. They worry that large, noisy groups are stressing the animals. The good news for rockhopper penguins is that guests have been shown to increase swimming and don’t disturb animals very much.
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