16th July 2019
We're delighted to announce that a second penguin chick has been born at The Deep.
The first chick arrived on 14 June to parents Brian and Diane. Shortly after laying her eggs, Diane left the nest and paired with another penguin, so the decision was made to foster the egg out to experienced parents Nessie and Shackleton. This chick weighed just 90 grams at birth, but has grown to a whopping 2kg since its arrival.
Diane has since paired with Rapha, resulting in our second chick being born on the 11th July. The second chick weighed 90 grams and is being cared for in the nest by the parents. The parents are taking turns feeding the juvenile, who in just four days grew to 176 grams.
Our team of Aquarists are keeping close eye on the chicks’ development, carrying out regular weight and health checks to ensure the parents are doing their job properly.
The chicks will stay in the nest for first month underneath the parents. As time goes on, the parents start to move off the nest for short periods of time but still come back to feed. After three months have passed the chick leaves the nest after moulting their soft downy feathers. At this time, they will grow their waterproof feathers and will be able to swim, become independent and no longer rely on the parents for food.
Following this moult, the keepers will be able to discover the sex of the chick from the DNA of their feathers. Keep a close eye on our website and social media as we'll let you know whether we have boys or girls - or both! If you are visiting The Deep and are lucky enough to get a fabulous photo of our new arrivals, share it with us @thedeephull on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #babypenguin