The penguins at Sewerby Zoo are one of our highlights in Yorkshire. Watching them dive into the pool with Olympic precision is always adorable. And, the zoo’s newest edition the baby penguin born at the zoo took its very first dip and our hearts are melting at the sight.
Hatched a the zoo on Easter Saturday, 8th April, the Humboldt penguin chick has been out of the public eye. But, on Friday, it took its first dip in the cooling waters of the penguin enclosure enjoying its first-ever swim.
Parents Sigsbee and Twinnie watched as the youngster ventured out of its nest and took the plunge. The chick is the second grandchild to the late Rosie, who lived to be one of the world’s oldest Humboldt penguins.
Rosie passed away on Friday 10th March at the age of 32 years old, just a few weeks short of her 33rd birthday.
The chick is the second grandchild of the late Rosie, who lived to be one of the world’s oldest Humboldt penguins. The grandmother bird sadly died in March, just short of her 33rd birthday, her death making headlines as far as the US.
The sex is yet unknown of the newest chick, which is already proving popular with the zoo’s visitors as they enjoyed watching the chick on its first swim.
Head zookeeper at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, John Pickering, said: “We’re thrilled to see the chick take its first swim around the pool and I’m sure this will be a special sight for lots of our visitors.”
Once the gender of the newest member of Sewerby Zoo member is known the zoo will give it a name. They won’t know until the fluffy penguin loses its baby feathers and its head becomes apparent.