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Cheers from King Penguins

Good news from Taipei Zoo’s king penguins. A new baby penguin was hatched on September 14, and mom and pop are taking turns caring for the new addition 24 hours a day.

King penguins lay one egg at a time. Both parents practice communal care throughout hatching and rearing of the young. Typically each king penguin gets 2 Pacific saurys (Cololabis saira) per meal, but incubating parents are feed 4, so they can regurgitate the slightly digested food to feed the chick.

It will take the newborn penguin two to three months to fully grown. Then the little penguin will join the rest of the penguins at the exhibit making its debut to meet the public.