It is a big day a penguin chicks at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. Director and CEO Dennis Pate says a four-month old chick will join the exhibit in the Scott Aquarium today. Pate says the chick is almost 30 pounds and even though as big as some adults it is still a baby. It does not have feathers yet so are not waterproof. The chick will be kept in a penned area for several more months while it get used to its new environment at the Scott Aquarium.
The penguin hatched February 25th. Zoo officials decided to hand raise the chick as there was a lot of construction going on inside the aquarium at that time.
Pate says the chick will be well supervised for the next 3 or 4 months and will be kept in the exhibit. It will slowly be socialized with the other penguins starting with supervised visits.