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Humboldt Penguin Chick Born at Brookfield Zoo

A Humboldt penguin chick hatched Feb. 12 at Brookfield Zoo. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society) A Humboldt penguin chick hatched Feb. 12 at Brookfield Zoo. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

A Humboldt penguin chick born Feb. 12 at Brookfield Zoo is healthy and being hand-reared by animal care staff, the zoo said this week.

The yet-to-be-named chick is being monitored closely and weighed three times a day: once each morning to determine how much weight he gained over the previous 24 hours, as well as after each feeding to measure how much food (herring and marine smelt) he consumed.

In early April, about two months after birth, the chick will shed his down feathers, at which point he will be introduced to a shallow pool of water. The penguin’s adult plumage will not develop until he is about 2 years old.

(Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society) (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

The chick will soon be introduced to his new home in the Humboldt penguin colony habitat in the zoo’s “Living Coast” exhibit.

As early as May, the chick could begin serving as an ambassador for the zoo’s Penguin Encounters, during which visitors learn about penguins while getting a closer-than-usual look at the waddling animals.

(Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society) (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

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