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New Baby Penguin at Tennessee Aquarium
Whats black & white and cute all over?
A new baby penguin at the Tennessee Aquarium.
Tennessee Aquarium visitors are having fun acting as penguin paparazzi, each one hoping to capture the perfect picture of a fuzzy new bird.
The guests really love seeing this little Macaroni chick, said senior aviculturist Amy Graves. They ask a lot of great questions about baby penguins and the other birds currently incubating eggs.
This newest addition is the first offspring for parents Merlin and Sweet Pea, but they seem to be adjusting to parenthood quickly. New penguin parents dont always have the best parental instincts. While Merlin and Sweet Pea have done a pretty good job so far, the Aquariums penguin experts have had to supplement the feeding routine a couple of times to ensure this tiny bird was receiving enough nutrients. Fortunately this pair has a gentle demeanor that makes caring for the chick a bit easier.
Both Sweet Pea and Merlin are really laid-back with easy-going personalities, said Graves. That makes it easier for us to perform regular weight checks, clean the nest and feed when necessary.
Guests can see this chick in an acrylic playpen on the right-hand side of the Tennessee Aquarium penguin exhibit. It has grown enough since hatching on May 31st to be visible most of the time. Although sometimes visitors may only see its bottom.
Merlin still likes to try tucking the chick under him for protection even though its too big to fit underneath, Graves said. The chick still wants to be tucked in, so every once in awhile youll see its head underneath Merlin.
A blood test will be performed later to determine if the new chick is a boy or a girl.
This could still be a very busy season for the Aquariums penguin keepers. There are several Gentoo Penguins with eggs and two couples that might still lay eggs.
Zeus and Pebbles are showing interest in nesting right now, said Graves. And, were still waiting to see what will happen with Poncho and Peep. They produced a chick last year but seem to be in no hurry this year.
Here is a look at the current egg count:
Nipper and Flower " two eggs
Bug and Big T " two eggs
Biscuit and Blue " one egg
Guests can add the afternoon Backstage Pass to a Tennessee Aquarium visit to get a birds-eye view of the nesting penguins.
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"DOWNTON ABBEY" - ALLEN LEECH
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Allen Leech says it would be so much easier if British fans didn't blow the plot of "Downton Abbey" to fans in the United States.
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Laura Carmichael says her character, Lady Edith Crawley, is full of secrets going into season five.
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Laura Carmichael says her character, Lady Edith Crawley, is an emotional mess.
MICHAEL MOORE'S DIVORCE
BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) -- They worked together on many of films. But in the end Michael Moore and Kathleen Glynn couldn't make their marriage work any longer. The filmmaker has gotten a final decree of divorce from his wife of two decades. The consent judgment of divorce was entered -- with the case closing on Tuesday. In his filing for divorce last year, Moore said his relationship with Glynn had broken down and there was "no reasonable likelihood" that the marriage could be saved. The couple married in 1991. Glynn served as producer or executive producer on many of Moore's documentaries, including "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Sicko" and "Capitalism: A Love Story."
ERIC STONESTREET-"MODERN FAMILY" HELPING TO CHANGE ATTITUDES
NEW YORK (AP) -- Eric Stonestreet says "Modern Family" is helping to change attitudes toward gays. He plays Cam on the ABC sitcom and married his partner Mitch in the season finale. Stonestreet says people come up to him to say the show has made it easier for them to come out to their families. He says parents tell him Mitch and Cam help them to understand their gay children. The two-time Emmy winner says when gay marriage became legal in California, it made sense to have his character tie the knot. When Modern Family returns in the fall, Stonestreet says Mitch and Cam will just be a regular married couple.
Eric Stonestreet says his gay relationship on "Modern Family" is something that even non-gays can understand.
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Eric Stonestreet says now that gay marriage is legal in California, the season finale of "Modern Family" featured the wedding of Mitch and Cam.
SHEMAR MOORE RETURNS TO Y&R
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shemar Moore is going back to his roots: appearing on the daytime drama "The Young and the Restless." In his return in September, Moore will reunite with Kristoff St. John, who plays his on-screen brother. Moore says he's excited about returning to the CBS show where he got his start. He was a "Young and Restless" regular from 1994 to 2002, then returned in 2004-05. He won a Daytime Emmy for supporting actor in 2000.
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