Zoo welcomes baby king penguin

Jan. 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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ST. LOUIS, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The St. Louis Zoo announced the birth of a 7-ounce king penguin at its Penguin & Puffin Coast exhibit.

The zoo said on its Web site the chick, born Jan. 8, is being reared by parents Francine and Kaiju at the exhibit, but the youngster may not be visible to visitors for a few weeks because king penguin chicks are kept warm under their parents' belly flaps for the first 30-40 days of their lives.

Zoo officials said they do not yet know if the chick is a male or a female.

The zoo also recently welcomed the births of 67 assassin bug babies as well as numerous stick bugs and katydids at its insect exhibit New Year's Day, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday.

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