Second Penguin Chick Hatches at National Aviary


12/20/2017

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Second Penguin Chick Hatches at National Aviary
See Both Chicks Live Via Nest Cam at
www.PenguinNestCam.org

PenguinNestCam.org is presented by People’s Natural Gas. 

December 20, 2017 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The second of two African Penguin eggs at the National Aviary hatched today, December 20, and viewers around the world are getting a close up view of both chicks and their parents, Bette and Sidney, via a newly installed high-resolution, infrared web camera that allows viewers to see inside the nesting cave without any disruption to the growing penguin family.

Viewers can now enjoy seeing Sidney and Bette keeping both chicks warm and feeding them. A newly hatched African Penguin chick is slightly larger than a golf ball in size, so viewers may not easily see them right away, but they may see two little heads peeping out, and the parents nuzzling the nest area with their beaks to reposition the chicks.

When an African Penguin chick is hatched, the yolk sac is still attached to provide initial nutrition. After the yolk sac is absorbed, the chick will start begging for food, and the parents will feed it a diet of partially digested fish several times a day. Both parents will take turns tending the nest throughout the chick-rearing process.

If all goes as anticipated, the penguin chicks will remain in the nest for the first three to four weeks. They will then be moved inside to be cared for by National Aviary experts until they are old enough to return to their colony in Penguin Point, where they will join 20 other African Penguins. This special upbringing will ensure the chicks receive the highest standards of care possible and that they are prepared for their future roles as ambassadors for their species.

The National Aviary’s Penguin Point exhibit is home to 20 African Penguins. African Penguins are an endangered species, with less than 25,000 pairs remaining the wild. As part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP), the National Aviary’s penguins are part of an important breeding program to ensure a healthy population of African Penguins for future generations.

People around the world have been logging on to the live streaming web cam at www.PenguinNestCam.org. The camera and installation services were generously donated by M&P Security Solutions, Inc., a veteran-owned business serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area. PenguinNestCam.org is presented by People’s Natural Gas.

The public is invited to watch the nest at www.PenguinNestCam.org. For photos,  updates and exclusive content on the penguin chicks as they grow,  follow the National Aviary on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube, and join the conversation by using #penguinchickPGH.

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About the National Aviary

 

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. For admission rates and more information visit www.aviary.org.