published Monday, July 14th, 2014

Tennessee Aquarium announces first penguin chick of the year

The first penguin chick of 2014
The first penguin chick of 2014
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The Tennessee Aquarium has announced its first penguin chick of 2014.

Aviculturists welcomed the new chick to the colony in June, according to a news release from the aquarium. The parents, “Chaos” and “Merlin," have stayed busy snuggling their baby in the nest and seem to enjoy showing it off.

“Both parents have very laid back personalities, which is helpful when we need to do weight checks and clean the nest,” senior aviculturist Amy Graves said in the release.

Aquarium guests can have fun eavesdropping on the family. A microphone inside the exhibit picks up the chick’s vocalizations whenever it begs to be fed.

The chick’s gender will be determined during a blood test later this year. At that time, a Facebook contest is planned to find the perfect name for him or her.

The aquarium says is possible it will remain very busy this season with additional chicks.

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