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Rare baby penguin born at
the National Sea Life Centre
The patter of tiny flippers are being heard at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, as conservationists celebrate the birth of a rare species of penguin.
The new Gentoo penguin arrival is particularly momentous for the species, with the parents having travelled thousands of miles by aeroplane to conceive as part of Sea Life’s global breeding programme,
The proud feathered parents at the Midlands-based aquarium have been caring for the colony’s new addition since its hatching, with close monitoring from Sea Life’s dedicated animal care team, who have nicknamed the baby ‘Flash’ due to its quick arrival after staff had heard the ‘pipping’ of the shell just 12 hours earlier, marking the start of its hatching.
But the baby obviously couldn’t wait to meet his parents, the centre’s one-year-old male Prince and his older girlfriend, four-year-old Hyacinth. Staff were particularly pleased with the pairing after clumsy penguin Prince was so unlucky in love during mating season last year.
Jonny Rudd, curator explains:
We were thrilled to see Prince find a partner this breeding season after his failed attempts to woo a mate last year, It was made even better when we discovered his new girlfriend had an egg!
This was a real achievement for us as Gentoo penguins are notoriously difficult to breed due to their sensitive nature,” adds Jonny. “We’ve really worked tirelessly from when the breeding programme was first conceived, over five years ago, to ensure every detail was perfect for our penguins to breed.
They are both so far doing a brilliant job at keeping our chick warm, fed and looked after, and it won’t be long before it starts to explore the world around him – or her – and even take a dip in the pool!”
The Sea Life team are looking forward to the chick’s growth and development in the coming months.
Populations of Gentoo penguins have declined rapidly in recent years owing to the birds’ sensitive breeding nature and damage to their habitats from tourism, pollution and the illegal collection of their eggs. The species has been listed as ‘near threatened’ on the IUCN red list for many years and colonies like Prince’s may one day provide a vital lifeline for the threatened species.
The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham is home to over 2000 creatures, many which have been rescued or successfully bred as part of the global Sea Life breeding initiatives.
For further information please visit visitsealife.com/birmingham