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Third Magellanic Penguin Chick Arrives at Shedd

Newest arrival joins two additional hatchlings behind-the-scenes at the aquarium

May 27, 2021

Three fuzzy penguin chicks standing in front of a white background.

Following the first look at two penguin chicks at Shedd, the aquarium has welcomed another Magellanic penguin chick that joins the other hatchlings behind-the-scenes being reared by adult pairs. The third chick hatched on Wednesday, May 12, and weighed in at 78 grams during its first check-up with the animal care team.

The chick successfully hatching from its egg is the first of many milestones in the first few weeks, but so far, all three penguin chicks continue to grow and meet important markers. Shedd’s animal care team will continue to monitor the chicks daily.

While every birth at the aquarium is significant, these Magellanic penguin chick additions contribute to Shedd’s conservation effort in a cooperatively managed Species Survival Plan. It also signifies how in recent years, the Magellanic penguins at Shedd have reached reproductive maturity and began to pair off and participate in breeding season.

BACKGROUND: This spring, Magellanic and rockhopper penguins began creating nests and preparing for breeding season after animal care experts shifted the light cycle and scattered nesting materials in the Polar Play Zone exhibit. Following a successful breeding season, the first hatchling arrived on Thursday, April 29, and the second later hatched on Wednesday, May 5, and now a third chick hatched on Wednesday, May 12.

VISUALS: Photos and video of the third Magellanic chick at Shedd Aquarium was captured behind-the-scenes. Additional updated visuals of all three chicks are also available to view and download:
Credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez