It's no secret we love baby animals. Our latest favorite? Shedd
Aquarium's little rockhopper penguin chick. Click through the
slideshow to learn more about the little waddler.
The penguin chick hatched just under a month ago at a tiny 75
grams. Shedd's animal care experts weigh the bird daily, and say it
gains about 40 grams per day. Today, it is at a healthy weight of
The penguin chick is already on exhibit in Polar Play Zone.
According to Shedd, having an open nesting location gives guests
the special opportunity to watch and learn about the chick as it
grows. Guests will also see the mother and father care for their
little one, sharing parenting responsiblities equally.
Shedd says that the gender of the chick is currently unknown
because it is difficult to identify gender in penguins without
genetic testing. Whether this little one is a boy or a girl, it's
still adorable. Check out that big belly!
Ken Ramirez, the executive vice president of animal care and
training for Shedd, said the experienced penguin parents are
feeding the chick well. The chick still has many milestones ahead,
like developing swimming skills.
You can see the chick yourself during a trip to Shedd Aquarium.
Watch it grow in the Polar Play
Zone. Access to the exhibit is included in every ticket level
except General Admission. Learn more about the exhibit and
buy tickets at SheddAquarium.org/PolarPlayZone.