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Penguin Chicks Enjoy Their First Christmas at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: December 25, 2020 11:00 am

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A gentoo penguin chick enjoys some Christmas themed enrichment

Photo Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

The penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium have gotten in to the Christmas spirit with keepers providing some special holiday themed enrichment. This included the seven gentoo penguin chicks which have joined the colony recently.


These two month old chicks enjoyed chasing after and pecking the green and red baubles which slid across the ice.

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A gentoo penguin chick enjoys some Christmas themed enrichment

Photo Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Close by the adult penguins enjoyed the festive fun with baubles and bubbles which they worked to pop.

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The gentoo penguin chicks with keepers at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Photo Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

“For Christmas, we wanted to treat our penguin chicks to a new type of enrichment that would stimulate their minds and expose to them to something new,” said Kerrie Dixon, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Penguin Carer. “As expected, the babies were hesitant with the baubles at first but quickly came around to enjoy their Christmas treat.”

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The penguin chicks hatched at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium in early and mid-November. Among the chicks is the second hatchling for same-sex penguin couple Sphen and Magic. Their chick is increasingly independent but still enjoys cuddles from the parents.

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A penguin chicks asks for food from its dad, Magic.

Photo Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Learn more about gentoo penguins here – Gentoo Penguin Fact File | The Animal Facts


Learn more about SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium on their website – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

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