Living Planet Aquarium welcomes baby penguin, will have a naming contest

Living Planet Aquarium welcomes baby penguin. (Photo: Living Planet Aquarium)

(KUTV) Utah’s very own Living Planet Aquarium welcomed a new baby Gentoo penguin earlier this month. Born on June 4th 2017, this newly hatched chick is stealing the hearts of many.

The parents of this new baby, Fria and Sampson are caring for it and raising it in their nest. They both take turns sitting on the nest until the baby bird is ready to leave the nest.

After about 75 days, the chick will be almost full grown and weighing on average about 15 pounds.

More facts about Gentoo penguins:

  • Gentoos are the third largest penguin species reaching a height of 30 inches and a weight of 15 pounds on average.
  • They can swim up to 22 miles per hour.
  • They can remain below water for up to seven minutes and can dive as deep as 655 feet.
  • Gentoo penguins make their nests out of stones, grass, and feathers.

According to the aquarium, the best time to come see the new baby penguin is during the daily Penguin Feed at 4:00 p.m. Spectators will be able to see both the mom and dad feeding the chick by regurgitating food into its mouth.

Right now, the aquarium is uncertain whether the baby bird is a boy or girl and won't until they are able to test it. But, once they do they will be holding a name contest on their Facebook page.

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