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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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Last Update on July 28, 2014 07:08 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a gal named "Lucy" versus a guy named "Hercules" at your local multiplex this weekend. But brains beat brawn. Lucy opens at number-one -- with $44 million. Scarlett Johansson stars as a drug mule -- who gets an accidental overdose of a brain enhancing drug. She's able to harness 100 percent of her mental power in the R-rated thriller. Dwayne Johnson's Hercules only flexes enough box office muscle for a second-place opening with 29 mil. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was third. The Rob Reiner directed comedy "And So It Goes" manages just an eighth-place opening weekend. Overall, it's been a chilly summer for Hollywood, with the box office take down by about 20 percent compared to last year. But things could heat up a bit this coming weekend with the opening of the Marvel superheroes movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy."
It was brains versus brawn at the movies this weekend. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the weekend box office results.
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Sound of Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Lucy."
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Sound of actors Amr Waked and Scarlett Johannson in a scene from "Lucy."
DANIEL RADCLIFFE GOES TO COMIC-CON AS SPIDEY
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Was it Spidey or Harry Potter at Comic-Con? Daniel Radcliffe went undercover so he could take in Comic-Con in San Diego. He wore a Spider-Man costume and mask as he wandered through the halls of the pop culture convention. Radcliffe's disguise went beyond his appearance. He says he was doing an American accent so people wouldn't recognize his voice. Radcliffe adds people even took snapshots with him, not knowing who he was under the Spidey suit. Radcliffe, as himself, also made a Comic-Con appearance to promote his new movie, "Horns."
Daniel Radcliffe says his disguise extended to his voice.
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Daniel Radcliffe says some fans may have taken snapshots with him and not know it.
JENNY McCARTHY SAYS THERE'S NO HEAVY BEEF WITH COUSIN MELISSA
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FIRST FOOTAGE FROM NEXT "AVENGERS" MOVIE SCREEN AT COMIC-CON
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Fans have gotten their first look at footage from the new "Avengers" movie. Several members of "The Avengers" cast made an appearance at Comic-Con over the weekend, including Robert Downey Junior, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders. One of the scenes screened shows Tony Stark trying to lift Thor's hammer. He asks, "If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?" "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is set for release May 1, 2015.
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