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Animal Attraction: Another baby penguin is hatched at Moody Gardens

Animal Attraction: Another baby penguin is hatched at Moody Gardens

Credit: MOODY GARDENS

The gentoo penguin was born on Sunday.

by Michelle Homer

khou.com

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 8:58 PM

GALVESTON -- Moody Gardens welcomed another baby penguin on Sunday, the third this month.

The new babies are among 24 eggs expected to hatch this season, which would be a record. They include gentoo, chinstrap and king penguins.

Since the penguins are originally from the Southern Hemisphere of the world, they observe opposite seasons from Texas. This is their springtime and breeding season.

Chinstrap and gentoo penguins build rock nests that can reach up to three feet across to protect the eggs from sudden floods and the cold ground.

King penguins, on the other hand, hold their eggs on their feet, switching off between the parents every day or so. This ritual goes on for months.

The fuzzy little baby penguins can be seen on exhibit at Moody Gardens with the rest of the over 100 penguins.

 

 

 

 

 

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