Monday, June 19, 2000

Aquarium baby comes out of its shell




By Reid Forgrave
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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The baby Gentoo penguin can be viewed through a nursery window at the Newport Aquarium.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        NEWPORT — The nameless gray ball of fluff at Newport Aquarium is out of its shell and doing well.

        The baby Gentoo penguin hatched late Saturday or early Sunday and is chirping away. The chirp should get louder and more shrill in a few days.

        “He's trying his best to stand up, but he keeps wobbling back over,” aquarium spokeswoman Lisa Popyk said.

        Aquarium biologists, who cannot determine its sex until adulthood, are feeding it water through a syringe. The Antarctic bird should progress soon to a “penguin milkshake” of deboned fish, vitamins, water and proteins.

       



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