A year ago five lion cubs were all the rage at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. This year five Rockhopper Penguin chicks made their debut this week. General Curator Dan Cassidy says the five chicks beat a record at the zoo. He says it isn’t the first time that penguins hatched at the zoo but this is the most at one time. The five beat the previous record of three.
Each chick weighs about a pound and is fed a fish and krill formula diet five times a day. They are not in the exhibit yet because they can’t swim and when they join other penguins they will be about the same size.
Cassidy says visitors can see them on a video monitor or see them by logging onto the zoo’s website.