Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga unveils new penguin chick

Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga unveils new penguin chick

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Tennessee Aquarium has welcomed a new penguin chick into its Penguins' Rock exhibit. (source: Tennessee Aquarium) Tennessee Aquarium has welcomed a new penguin chick into its Penguins' Rock exhibit. (source: Tennessee Aquarium)

CHATTANOOGA (WATE) - Tennessee Aquarium has welcomed a new penguin chick into its Penguins' Rock exhibit.

Aquarium officials say its parents, "Chaos" and "Merlin" are staying busy snuggling their baby in its nest and seem to enjoy showing it off.

Visitors to the aquarium can have fun eavesdropping on the penguin family as a microphone is in position to pick up the chick's vocalizations whenever it begs to be fed, which officials say seems to be constant. The mom appears to be keeping up with its food needs.

Last year, aviculturists had their hands full supplementing feedings for a couple of chicks up to five times each day when sluggish weight gains indicated the parents were not delivering enough nutrition on their own.

Visitors can see the new chick inside an acrylic “playpen” on the right-hand side of the exhibit. It will remain inside this protective barrier for several more weeks before it will be allowed to roam outside the nest.

The chick’s gender will be determined during a blood test later this year. At that time, a Facebook contest is planned to find the perfect name for him or her.

Guests who may want a “bird’s eye” view during nesting season, can choose to add the Ocean Journey Backstage Pass to their regular Aquarium admission. This behind-the-scenes experience allows guests into one of the “Keepers Only” areas to see the nesting penguins, eggs and at least one plump little penguin.

 

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