Two king penguin chicks that hatched in March are now on display at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
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The chicks are in a “chick pen” in the Antarctic penguin habitat, where they will remain until they molt their non-waterproof down feathers and gain their juvenile plumage. The zoo has 24 king penguins of only 283 in North America.
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These two chicks were raised by adult males, which isn't typical for the species, a news release from the zoo said. Staff feed the chicks daily in the exhibit at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
King penguin breeding season begins in October. "In their habitat, computerized lighting changes cue the change in seasons. The exhibit is on a southern light cycle to mimic a penguin’s natural habitat, which means the lighting is brighter during Omaha’s winter months," the zoo said.
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