There are offspring among the many king penguins once more this yr. A chick hatched in Schönbrunn Zoo on the finish of July. Up to now, the younger animal has cleverly hidden between the protecting dad and mom, however now it’s straightforward for guests to see within the polarium. “Nevertheless, the penguin chick can not swim but. King penguins do not get water-repellent plumage till they’re about 10 months outdated. Till then, they put on a heat, brown dune costume. The intercourse of the chick is simply decided at a later cut-off date by genetic testing of feather samples,” studies animal keeper Bettina Schragner.
King penguins are the second largest penguin species after the emperor penguins and are about 95 cm lengthy. King penguin dad and mom don’t construct nests. The females solely lay one egg, which the dad and mom alternately stick with it their toes and incubate whereas standing in a particular stomach fold. Within the wild, king penguins dwell in dense colonies and like to remain in shut quarters. “The breeding of king penguins in human care continues to be tough and uncommon. We’re due to this fact more than happy that this particular animal species has as soon as once more been efficiently bred at Schönbrunn Zoo,” says zoo director Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck.
Subtitles Translated by: Franziska Graumann (https://www.fb.com/pusztamaedel)
Photographs by: Daniel Zupanc (https://www.instagram.com/zupancdaniel/?hl=en)