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Endangered penguin born at Minnesota Zoo

March 19, 2013 at 6:12 PM

APPLE VALLEY, Minn., March 19 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Zoo announced the birth of an endangered African penguin, the first of its species to hatch at the facility.

The zoo in Apple Valley, which opened its Penguins of the African Coast exhibit in 2011, said Tuesday the penguin hatched March 2 and is being raised by foster parents as its biological parents were not properly incubating the egg, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported Tuesday.

Zoo officials said they have not yet determined the gender of the penguin, which hatched at 2.4 ounces and has since grown to more than a pound.

The zoo said African penguins are endangered because of hunting and habitat destruction.

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