Humboldt penguin chicks go on show in Bournemouth

Two Humboldt penguin chicks that hatched at Bournemouth Oceanarium during the Easter period have gone on public display.

The 12-week-old chicks, of parents Twiglet and Chile, will be named by a public competition.

Humboldt penguins are native to Chilean and Peruvian coasts and are currently listed as vulnerable, with the current population of 32,000 decreasing.

Penguin chick
Bournemouth Oceanarium

Same-sex penguin couple welcome first adopted chick

PA Media

A same-sex penguin couple at Sea Life London have welcomed the pitter-patter of webbed feet, following the recent hatching of their first adopted chick.

The female gentoo couple, Marama and Rocky, have been together for five years and adopted the egg after demonstrating to the aquarium's team that they would make good parents.

The egg was moved from its birth mother to relieve her of the pressure of raising two chicks. The tiny bundle of fluff's name and gender has yet to be revealed.

General manager Graham McGrath said: "Caring for a newborn is tough for anyone, from the sleepless nights to the constant feeding, yet this wonderful pair of penguin parents are completely unflappable and seem to be taking it all in their stride."

Marama is the older of the pair and naturally more protective of the chick, while Rocky - who is free-spirited and inquisitive - is keen to teach the new arrival everything it needs to know about life as a penguin.

The new parents have built the biggest nest in the colony and each perform shifts, giving the other a chance to swim and feed.

Knitted penguins flock to Paignton

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Knitted penguins
Living Coasts

A penguin fan has created knitted versions of each species of the bird to celebrate World Penguin Day.

Jane Walker, a penguin patroller at Living Coasts in Paignton, has knitted 10cm (4in) tall versions of all eighteen species.

She said it took her about two or three hours to knit each one.

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