Chester Zoo welcomes rare penguin chicks

After welcoming nine Humboldt penguin chicks, Penguin Island at Chester Zoo is "buzzing" with activity.

Chester Zoo welcomes rare penguin chicks

After welcoming nine Humboldt penguin chicks, Penguin Island at Chester Zoo is "buzzing" with activity.

Humboldts can be found in the rocky shores and mountains of Peru and Chile. They are currently at risk of extinction from climate change and overfishing.

Most baby birds are named after their favorite fruits by their keepers.

Iona Berry was named after the vet who saved the sight of Munch the penguin's father last year.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has listed Humboldts as at risk of extinction.

They are the most endangered of all the 18 species of penguins in the world.

Plum was the first to hatch, followed by Papaya, Cherry and Satsuma.

"There is nothing like hearing the tiny chirps of penguin nests, and seeing little fluff balls snuggled up with their parents within seconds after hatching," Sophie Bissaker (parrots and penguins keeper) at Chester Zoo.

"Penguin Island buzzes with activity."

The Humboldt penguins, newly hatched, have begun swimming in the pool at the zoo. They will soon learn how to catch their own food.

Ms. Bissaker stated that for the first three months, mom and dad keep their chicks safe while they feed, care and love them.

We provide extra fish to parents in order to help them gain weight when they are young. They swallow the extra fish and then churn it into a high-protein soup that they eat at meal times.

"In a few months they will shed their fluffy grey feathers and reveal their iconic black-and-white feathers underneath. These feathers are waterproof and allow them to zoom through the water.

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