Oh the weather outside is frightful, but some newborn penguin chicks may be finding it delightful at the Georgia Aquarium.
That’s right, four baby African penguins have just made their debut after a few weeks of care by aquarium staff. This is the fourth consecutive year of penguin hatchings for the aquarium’s Georgia-Pacific Penguin Nursery.
The African penguin is listed as an endangered species under the United States Endangered Species Act and the International Union of Conservation of Nature.
According to the Georgia Aquarium, penguins’ stiff, overlapping feathers trap warm air near their skin to keep them nice and toasty. They have over 300 feathers per square inch on their bodies. Along with a layer of blubber for warmth, the birds have special gland under the tail that secretes wind and waterproof oil which they rub over their feathers. Scientists remain baffled on why they have to be so cute.
In the course of researching this story, we also discovered what appears to be an online database dedicated to newborn zoo babies. You’re welcome.