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Happy Birthday Wallace

Australia’s first King Penguin chick celebrates its six month birthday!

King Penguin chick, Wallace, celebrates its six month birthday!

 

It seems that in a blink of an eye, Australia’s first sub-Antarctic King Penguin chick has grown from a palm-sized hatchling to almost a full-grown penguin.

 

Affectionately named Wallace, the fluffy youngster is becoming more independent and curious of its surroundings and is gradually meeting the other members of the penguin colony.

 

Closely monitored by keepers on its 30 minute daily outings to ensure it doesn’t venture into the penguin play pool, Wallace is still covered in brown fluffy feathers, which are not waterproof.

 

Born in the early hours of 23 January weighing in at approximately 200 grams, Wallace has grown quickly to an impressive 17 kilograms!

 

Wallace’s gender is still yet to be determined and will not be revealed until its adult feathers fledge at approximately 10 months of age.

 

The successful King Penguin breeding program joins the Gentoo Penguin and the Weedy Seadragon breeding programs, both amongst the most successful in the world.

 

Did you know?

The King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin at about 11 to 16kg, second only to the Emperor Penguin, which grows to an average weight of 22kg.

 

Head to Melbourne Aquarium this weekend to see how big and handsome Wallace has grown!

 

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