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King chicks enjoy an Egg-cellent Easter!

Australia’s only King penguin chicks treated to an Easter Egg-Stravaganza

**SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is open every day of the Easter long weekend**


The Easter bunny made a special visit to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s Penguin Playground exhibit as Australia’s only Sub-Antarctic King Penguin chicks get ready to celebrate their very first Easter.


An icy tradition for the past two years, the sculpted snow bunny hung out with the five fluffy new comers Nog, Sebastian, Jack, Pedro and Oliver as part of the aquarium’s ongoing enrichment program to encourage behavioural diversity.


The Easter bunny received the cold shoulder from the youngsters, who appeared slightly overwhelmed by the mysterious big-eared visitor. Moments later, the rest of the penguin population including the cheeky Gentoo’s, embraced the Easter spirit and enjoyed ice blocks filled with their favourite fishy treats of whitebait and pilchards.


Since their arrival, the five King penguin chicks have received nothing but the royal treatment and continue to be closely monitored by keepers.


The Penguin Playground exhibit is just one of the 12 zones of discovery at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, open to the public everyday throughout the Easter long weekend. 

 


From the Keeper:

“Penguins are intelligent animals, so it’s important that we provide a variety of fun enrichment activities to encourage increased behavioural diversity. Today it’s ice-blocks filled with their favourite fishy treats, however we have a number of ways of providing enrichment including blowing bubbles for the birds to chase around and even playing music—we’ve got a few Coldplay fans amongst our penguin brood, said Ms Walsh.


“The penguins love trying to get peck their way through the ice to gobble up the fish. This form of enrichment provides the birds with challenges, choices, mental stimulation and physical activity, thereby increasing animal welfare.”


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