King penguin chicks among the newest attractions at the Newport Aquarium
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Baby penguins are among the newest residents of the Newport Aquarium in northern Kentucky. The penguin chicks were born in late May and are now on display at the park.
Animal Ambassador Ric Urban brought along a penguin to show. But he says the two chicks aren't related and each weighed approximately one-half of a pound during their initial medical examinations,appearing roughly the size of a baseball.
Each king penguin chick has a father and a mother. The first chick's parents are Bebe (father) and Wednesday (mother). Before it hatched, the second chick was moved to foster parents Bubba (father) and Valentine (mother), who are more seasoned parents compared to biological parents, Kroger (father) and Dumas (mother).
Guests can catch a glimpse of the chicks inside the Kroger Penguin Palooza exhibit as the parents of the chicks share rearing duties.
One of the two newborn birds is a third-generation king penguin hatched at Newport Aquarium. Its mother is the penguin named Wednesday. She was the last king penguin hatched at the aquarium in 2010, before the cold penguin exhibit was renovated and reopened as Kroger Penguin Palooza in March 2011.
Newport Aquarium is one of only 16 institutions in the United States to exhibit king penguins, the second largest species of penguin in the world with adults growing to more than three feet in height.
Kroger Penguin Palooza features 49 birds that form one of the most diverse collection of penguins in the country. In addition to the two chicks, there are nine adult king penguins, as well as chinstrap, gentoo, macaroni and rockhopper penguins. A sixth penguin species, the African black-footed penguin, is also on exhibit at Newport Aquarium in the Penguin House.
Newport Aquarium One Aquarium Way Newport, KY 41071 859-261-7444 or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474). www.newportaquarium.com
Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.