Rockhopper penguin born at St. Louis Zoo | Metro

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ST. LOUIS — A brand new penguin has joined the St. Louis Zoo. 

Hatched on Nov. 30, the brand new southern rockhopper penguin joins its sibling, Opal, who was born on the zoo in December 2020. The brand new chick has two foster dad and mom, Woody and Buddha, officers stated in a social media put up Sunday.

The child is just too younger for the zoo to know whether or not it’s a male or feminine, officers stated. 

Company can see the dad and mom and chick within the habitat now. The household ultimately might be moved behind the scenes to permit the chick to develop its rock hopping talents and type bonds with the zoo’s caretakers. The household will return to the penguin colony as soon as the chick learns how one can swim, officers stated. 

The zoo has 17 rockhopper penguins. Opal was the primary profitable hatch of this species on the zoo in 11 years, officers stated. 

The zoo’s rockhopper penguins have taken heart stage this yr. In January, Enrique the penguin earned social media fame for carrying specifically made boots to ease his arthritis. He died earlier this month and was almost 30 years previous. The median life expectancy for a male penguin of his sort is 25 years.

Earlier this yr, the zoo welcomed a feminine Guereza colobus monkey named Juniper, who was born April 8. 

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