Monday, August 17, 2009

New Penguin at the Wildlife Park

Visitors to Curraghs Wildlife Parkare being treated to views of the latest arrival, a Humboldt penguin chick, hatched on 15th June this year.

Richard Halsall, Animal Manager at the Curraghs Wildlife Park, said: “This is the first penguin chick we have had in many years at the Park. Although we think the chick is now too big to fall victim to a seagull or heron, we’re not out of the woods yet and we’ll have to teach it to take sprats from us when the parents stop feeding it. It’s always a great pleasure to see new young animals at the Wildlife Park and all the staff are thrilled at this latest success.”

The Humboldt penguins’ exhibit is located in the Pampas area, one of seven geographical areas represented at the park. Humboldt penguins rear their chicks in burrows and they don’t begin to wander around outside until they are about 6 to 8 weeks old.

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