The first penguin chick has arrived!
Following on from the exciting news in our last blog post, we are very happy to announce that the first of the penguin eggs at Edinburgh Zoo has hatched! The penguin chick was welcomed by all of our friends at Penguins Rock in the early hours of Monday 4th May, and two days later, another egg hatched.
You can only imagine how excited everyone at the Zoo is about the newest arrivals, and now all eyes are on the rest of the eggs in the nesting area. It has been reported that one more egg has already started to crack and should hatch shortly, with the remaining eggs expected to hatch over the next few weeks.
Dawn Nicoll, Senior Penguin Keeper at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo said: “We are really happy that the first of the gentoo penguin eggs have hatched. Penguin breeding season is always a really busy time for us, right from the moment we put the nesting rings into the enclosure, through the incubation period, to the hatching, rearing and eventually, the fledging of the chicks. It is always incredibly rewarding when the eggs start hatching and we finally get to see the penguin chicks. The majority of them will hatch over the next two to three weeks as the birds will not all lay at exactly the same time. Fingers crossed, we will have quite a few chicks keeping us busy this season.”
Don’t forget that you can keep up-to-date with the new chicks and the rest of the eggs by watching the Penguin Cam!
Love, Kenny x
Image credit: JP Orsi/RZSS