Two fluffy chicks have been born in Long Beach to first-time penguin parents Floyd and Roxy, residents of the June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
The penguin habitat, with above- and below-water views, is "home to the first penguins in the Aquarium’s collection and includes a crawl-in space, allowing you to feel as if you are in the exhibit with the animals," says AOP.
Not yet on public view, the one-month-olds will join the other birds in the habitat later this summer.
Meanwhile, webcam. The aquarium says you can thank explore.org, a philanthropic multimedia division of the Annenberg Foundation, for your forthcoming hours of waning productivity.
"Penguin," from the Latin for "snow platypus" (not true) is a delightful creature that should not be immediately associated with evil-doing and poison umbrellas. They don't even like umbrellas. Learn something.
FACTS ABOUT MAGELLANIC PENGUINS (via AOP)
- Native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile
- 38-43 days of incubation for an egg to hatch
- Chicks open their eyes at one week old
- Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest
- Penguin parents take turns feeding and raising the chicks
- Chicks fledge — replace their downy newborn feathers with water-tight adult feathers — after about 90 days