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TOKYO — A pair of king penguins at Tokyo Sea Life Park in the capital’s Edogawa Ward have welcomed a chick, bringing the total number of the animals at the facility to 10, including another baby penguin.
The parent penguins are taking turns brooding and feeding the newborn chick, which has grayish brown feathers. It is not yet known whether the chick is male or female.
The chick hatched on Aug. 13 from an egg laid by 14-year-old Urara on June 20. She and her mate, 10-year-old Ume, carried the egg on their feet in turns to keep it warm with their flabby bellies. Urara and Ume have been feeding the chick half-digested banded blue sprat and lake smelt, according to the aquarium.
Chicks of king penguins are covered with dense, brown feathers for around 10 to 12 months after their birth, and leave their nests when they are about 1 year old. If the newborn chick grows steadily, it will be put on public display around this autumn. The specific date will be announced via the official Tokyo Zoonet website. King penguins at the aquarium spend mid-May through mid-October inside cooled rooms.
King penguins are the second largest type of penguin after emperor penguins, standing 85 to 95 centimeters tall and weighing 10-16 kilograms each. They inhabit islands near Antarctica. Wild king penguins feed on fish and squid by diving to depths of 100 to 300 meters. In Japan, there were 278 king penguins in captivity at 18 facilities as of the end of 2021.
(Japanese original by Minako Saito, Tama General Bureau)
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