Bored at work? Play peeping Tom with these fuzzy baby penguins. We won’t tell:
The two penguin chicks were born at The Aquarium of the Pacific in June to undoubtedly nervous first-time parents Floyd and Roxy. Isn’t it a little strange that we don’t know the kids’ names? I mean, they live at the aquarium, so they’ve gotta get used to the celebrity lifestyle (see: a certain royal baby human). Floyd and Roxy sound pretty rock ‘n’ roll, so how about Debbie and The Fonz? (Just give me a cut of their first single.)
MNN has the deets:
The chicks are being raised separately from their parents because one of the eggs was abandoned, a common occurrence in the wild. When the second chick hatched, the first was already twice its size, so biologists raised it by hand to ensure its survival …
Magellanic penguins are native to Argentina and Chile, and it takes 38 to 43 days of incubation for a chick to hatch. The chicks are able open their eyes within a week, but it takes about 90 days for them to fledge, or replace their downy newborn feathers with water-tight adult feathers.
The live cam will be up until August, when Debbie and The Fonz join Floyd and Roxy in a family rock band the aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat.
Cute animal alert: Penguin chicks get webcam, MNN.
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