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Royal Baby Update

Come in and see how big Melbourne Aquarium’s King Penguin chicks have grown!

While they may not be the next royal heirs, but Melbourne Aquarium’s resident King Penguin chicks are growing up to be quite the regal pair!

 

Wallace and Neptune, the first King Penguin chicks ever to be born in Australia are rapidly gaining weight and gradually becoming more independent.  

 

Our baby Kings are getting used to being on their own during the day and are learning the ways of the colony from the safety of their enclosure. Once they develop adult feathers they can join the rest of the colony.

 

In the wild, penguin chicks spend many months during the winter waiting for their parents to return from fishing trips, which may last for a week or longer. During blizzards, they huddle together for warmth and protection from predators.

 

The gender of the chicks are still yet to be determined and will not be revealed until they begin to fledge at approximately 10 months of age.

 

 

King Chick Fast Facts:

 

WALLACE

  • Hatched: 23 January 2013
  • Parents: Mum Billy and Dad Blake
  • Birth Weight: 190 grams (2 days old)
  • Current Weight: 17.4 kilograms

 

NEPTUNE

  • Hatched: 15 February 2013
  • Parents: Mum Ernie and Dad Skipper
  • Birth Weight: 350 grams (3 days old)
  • Current Weight: 13.15 kilograms

 

Visitors can check out Melbourne Aquarium’s royal family on the ice in the Antarctica exhibit, one of 12 new amazing zones of discovery set to reopen as part of the refurbishment to become the all-new SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium in September!

 

Don’t miss the daily penguin feeds, meet the keeper sessions and special penguin presentations - click here for more information!

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