African penguin chick hatches at Mystic Aquarium

Mystic — With the hatching of an egg, Mystic Aquarium welcomed a new member of its African penguin colony this month.

The chick weighed 94 grams when it hatched on Feb. 3, the aquarium said Friday in a news release. There's no external distinguishing characteristics, so a DNA test later will determine whether the chick is male or female, the aquarium said.

The parents, Green/Pink and Blue/Red, and aquarium staff are keeping a watchful eye on the chick. Visitors can catch a glimpse, too, via livestream set up in the underwater viewing area in the Roger Torey Petersen Penguin Pavilion, the aquarium said.

The African penguin is an endangered species at a high risk of extinction, the aquarium said in its release. Mystic Aquarium works with colleagues from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help ensure the long-term survival of the penguins in accredited zoos and aquariums, according to the release.

The aquarium will celebrate the chick's first swim in April and will hold a "gender reveal" later this spring.



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