Zoo introduces penguin chick

Posted at 10:08 AM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 14:13:27-05

There is now a playpen in one of the exhibits at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, which is for a rockhopper penguin chick.

Zoo officials say playpen for the chick, which hatched on Dec. 12, is to help it become familiar with the other penguins in the exhibit and allow its feathers to fully grow.

Since hatching, it has grown to weigh about 4.6 pounds.  The chick’s gender is still unknown.

There are 81 penguins on display at Omaha’s zoo, including 12 king penguins, 32 gentoo penguins and 28 rockhopper penguins.

The zoo will let visitors name the penguin.  Submission are being accepted through March 2 at the Antarctic Penguin display in the aquarium. A winner will be announced on March 9.