Omaha’s largest tourist attraction has something very special on display. A two-and-a-half month old Rockhopper penguin chick is at the Scott Aquarium at the Henry Doorly Zoo.
Director Dennis Pate says they will let the little guy, or girl to take the time to acclimate to others penguins at the zoo. He says, “We have a playpen of sorts set up in the exhibit and it is time for him to get used to other penguins and the sights and sounds inside the exhibit.”
Pate says the penguin chick still has a lot of down and he/she will not be allowed inside the water until molt is complete and is waterproof. The playpen prevents the chick from jumping into the water or accidently being pushed by other penguins.
Visitors also play a role in this penguin’s future. There is a box and slips of paper outside the penguin display where visitors can submit names for the new chick.