Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Security Camera Catches Penguin Thief

Nipper, a male Gentoo penguin, is noted by Aquarium experts as Penguins' Rock's most enthusiastic nest builder. Sometimes, even before the nesting rocks are placed on exhibit each nesting season, he will begin "building" with ice cubes from feeding buckets.

Nipper with this year's nest
So Nipper wasted no time getting to work when this year's rocks were delivered by our penguin caretakers. While his neighbor Hercules (a male Gentoo) was distracted by interactions with Shamrock (a female Gentoo), Nipper was nabbing nesting rocks as his mate Flower watched his back.


Egg update: Since this was filmed, Nipper and Flower have laid an egg. The current total egg count stands at 6.* With more potential penguin parents still pairing up and building nests, the season is still off to great start!


*Keep in mind, each penguin egg has a long journey ahead of it. Lots of factors can impact the chances of hatching and newborn chicks face even more challenges. Again, keep your flippers crossed for a new group of healthy chicks later this summer!

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