COMMON CORE TOWN HALL MEETINGKIDS LEFT IN HOT CARDOG VIGIL GOES VIRALFAMILY SUES ERLANGER
WTVC NewsChannel 9 :: News - Top Stories - Tennessee Aquarium Announces First Penguin Chick of 2014
Updated:
Sunday, July 20 2014, 10:43 AM EDT
Tennessee Aquarium Announces First Penguin Chick of 2014
There's a fluffy new face in the Tennessee Aquarium's Penguins' Rock exhibit. Aviculturists welcomed the new chick to the colony in June. The proud parents, "Chaos" and "Merlin," stay busy snuggling their baby in the nest and seem to enjoy showing it off to everyone.

"Both parents have very laid back personalities, which is helpful when we need to do weight checks and clean the nest," said senior aviculturist Amy Graves. "They're also a great parental team. Merlin serves as protector and Chaos does a great job feeding."

CLICK HERE for YouTube video

Chaos certainly keeps busy since this tiny bird has a giant appetite. Aquarium guests can have fun eavesdropping on this family. A microphone inside the exhibit picks up the chick's vocalizations whenever it begs to be fed, which seems to be almost constantly lately. The sounds of the colony are audible throughout Penguins' Rock. But, mom responds to the begging and appears to be keeping pace. Her baby consistently weighs in at the high end of the healthy range during veterinary exams. "Baby penguins should experience rapid growth," said Graves. "We track each chick's progress through frequent weigh-ins and compare the results to the ranges we know are considered healthy. Since this penguin is staying pretty pudgy, it's clear that the parents are doing a great job with feeding."

The Aquarium's penguin experts hope this "big mac" sets a good example for the chicks that follow it. Both in demeanor and rapid growth.

Last year aviculturists had their hands full supplementing feedings for a couple of chicks up to five times each day when sluggish weight gains indicated the parents were not delivering enough nutrition on their own.

Aviculturist Loribeth Aldrich says even though the chick is very vocal, it seems to have inherited its parent's demeanor. "He's pretty laid-back and easygoing," said Aldrich. "The chick doesn't mind being handled during exams or being photographed."

This is quite a switch from "Pepper," another Macaroni who was also the Aquarium's very first baby penguin hatchling in 2009. "She was a feisty bird almost from the day she hatched," said Aldrich.

Earlier this year, Pepper and ten other penguins that were reared at the Aquarium were moved to other institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. They will have the opportunity to have offspring of their own while bolstering the overall genetic diversity of the Macaroni and Gentoo population in human care. This transfer also affords the Aquarium's colony more flipper room during the breeding season.

This new Macaroni penguin is the first for the 2014 season and it's possible that aviculturists will remain very busy this season with additional chicks.

Visitors can see the new chick inside an acrylic "playpen" on the right-hand side of the exhibit. It will remain inside this protective barrier for several more weeks before it will be allowed to roam outside the nest. "Penguins need their waterproof swim feathers before they are ready to go out on their own," said Graves. "Right now, the chick is still dependent on mom and dad, but they seem to like that just fine."

The chick's gender will be determined during a blood test later this year. At that time, a Facebook contest is planned to find the perfect name for him or her.

Guests who may want a "bird's eye" view during nesting season, can choose to add the Ocean Journey Backstage Pass to their regular Aquarium admission. This behind-the-scenes experience allows guests into one of the "Keepers Only" areas to see the nesting penguins, eggs and at least one plump little penguin.
Tennessee Aquarium Announces First Penguin Chick of 2014

Advertise with us!

Related Stories

  • TN/GA Regional News
  • National News
  • International News
  • WTVC :: Community - The Good Life

    The Good Life

    Celebrating the events, adventures and activities that represent "The Good Life" in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
  • WTVC :: Community - Sideroads

    Sideroads

    Take a ride with Brian Smith to explore the unique people and places to be found along the Sideroads of the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
  • WTVC :: Community - Road Trippin

    Road Trippin

    Come Road Trippin' with us and see all the great sites in your area!
  • WTVC :: Community - Closings and Delays

    Closings and Delays

    These are the latest School and Business Closings reported to NewsChannel 9. If you see errors or need to add a school or business, call 423-757-7320.
  • WTVC :: Community - Educator of the Year

    Educator of the Year

    Vote now on your favorite candidate teacher for the Educator of the Year!
  • WTVC :: Community - Wednesday's Child

    Wednesday's Child



  • WTVC :: Community - Deaf & Hard of Hearing

    Deaf & Hard of Hearing

    Information provided to NewsChannel 9 by members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
  • WTVC :: Community - Community Calendar

    Community Calendar



  • WTVC :: Community - Photo Galleries

    Photo Galleries



  • WTVC :: Community - Sponsored Events

    Sponsored Events

    Check Back Often for NewsChannel9 Sponsored Events!

NewsChannel9 Top Stories

Two Police Captains Charged In Money Laundering Case

4 Kids Left Unattended in Hot Car, Mother Charged with Neglect

Chattanooga Man Facing Rape and Kidnapping Charges

City Council Announces Public Forum on Noise Ordinance

EPB Reassures Customers Its Billing Is Accurate

Family of Deaf Couple Sues Erlanger Hospital

Pros & Cons of Common Core

The Price of Freedom: World War II Veteran George Palmer

Preseason Praise for Mocs at SoCon Media Event in SC

Chattanooga Police Chief Picks Top Leadership

Unwelcome 'Art' at Dalton's Creative Arts Guild

Retired Vet Walking from "Sea to Shining Sea"

"Made in Tennessee" Ad Campaign Made in Missouri

FAA Extends Travel Ban to Israel for Another 24 Hours

Cross Burned Outside Clarksville Church

Dog Vigil Goes Viral

Demolition Graffiti Party

Our Wednesday Facebook Friend of the Day

Senior Center at East Gate

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Wednesday

Bradley Co Accident Shuts Down Roadway

Georgia Primary Election Runoff Results

Chattanooga's Noise Ordinance: Turn The Volume Up?

Spy Camera Found in Downtown Chattanooga Bathroom

Churches Vandalized, What Tipped Elders Off

Inspector Addresses Parking Garage Safety Concerns

The Political Landscape of Common Core

EPB Releases Findings of Street Light Audit

Chrysler Issues Jeep Recall

Spy Camera Found in Chattanooga Business Bathroom

Neighbors Throw Rocks on Man's Window to Tell Him Apartment is on Fire

Cleveland Gas Station Robbed

Car Plows into Cleveland Business

Child Removed from Home with Meth Lab

Local Group Aims to Help Families with Kids Heading to School

Generous Donation Helps Local Farmers Market

Report: Tennessee Children's Well-Being Improving

Citing Security Concerns, U.S. Airline Companies Scrap All Israel Flights

Catoosa Police Publish Home Invasion Suspect Sketch

Federal Appeals Court Deals Health Care Law Major Blow

GA Voters Head to the Polls in Primary Runoff

Mysterious White Flags Replace American Flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Our Tuesday Facebook Friend of the Day

Prince George Turns 1!

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Tuesday

Third Congressional District Candidates Speak At UTC Forum

Man Sought for Stealing from Children's Miracle Network

Calvin Digs Deeper Into Common Core

Bradley Co. Detectives Need Help Finding Church Thieves

Christan Taylor - A Beacon of Friendship

Busy Intersection Under Investigation After Accident

UPDATE: Biker Community Reacts to Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Chattanooga Coca-Cola Community Expands

Obama Gives Protection to Gay, Transgender Workers

Is Russia Concealing Evidence in Ukraine Plane Shootdown?

Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Chattanooga

Sideroads: Mayfield Farm

Man Adopts a Fine Feathered Friend

Our Monday Facebook Friend of the Day

Middle East Crisis

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Monday

Conserving Water in Chattanooga

Mothers Demanding Stop To Gang-Related Violence

Legendary Actor James Garner Dies

McMinn Sheriff Warns of Scam

Disabled Sports Despite Rain

Chattanooga Woman Using Birthday To Promote Kindness

Restaurants Take Measures To Avoid Over-Serving Customers

Cleveland Crash Survivor Shares His Story

Lawyer Weighs in on Police Order to Destroy Video

McMinn County Murder Suspects in Court

House Fire Training Ends For New Recruits

Obama Protestors Hang Signs at Hamilton Place Overpass

LaFayette Culinary Center Makes Quick Work of Lunch

David's Picks for the Weekend

Kickball Craze Hits Chattanooga

TN Family Invents "Handlebar Helmet"

What We Know, And Don't Know, One Day after Crash of Malaysian Plane

Fire Department Trainees Gather for Customary 'Fiery Photo'

Early Voting Underway in Tennessee, Ending in Georgia

President's Special Address on Plane Shoot-down and Gaza Conflict

FedEx Intends to Fight Drug Shipment Allegations

Campaign Finance Complaint Filed Against Weston Wamp

'Shocking' Jail Problems in Grundy County

Growing Wildfire Empties Washington Town

M17 Shootdown - Calling for an International Investigation

Our Friday Facebook Friend of the Day

Amazing Precision - They Did Try This at Home

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Friday

Snakes Galore - No Rule Against 200 Serpents in House

Rookie Firefighters Staring Down the Beast

Memorial Services Honor The Life Of Cleveland Judge Bill Moss

Settlement Reached for Past Due Liquor Taxes in Hamilton County

Israel & Gaza "Cheat Sheet:" How the Conflict Got to This Point

3 Arrested in McMinn County Murder

2 Women from Athens, Temporarily 'Lost at Sea'

U.S. Officials Believe Malaysian Flight Was Shot Down

Former NTSB Chairman Jim Hall's Take on Malaysian Plane Crash in Ukraine

Israel Launches Ground Offensive into Gaza Strip

Neighbors React to Catoosa County Home Invasion

Advertise with us!

Newsmax Headlines

Sponsored content

Business News

IMF cuts forecast for US economic growth in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund has shaved its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year, mostly because of a sharp contraction in the first quarter.

Consumer Info

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News

CLEANING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it a case of fighting water pollution with pop culture.

Get This

MARIJUANA AT A MUSEUM

SEATTLE (AP) -- It's one joint that won't go up in smoke.

Science/Tech News

IN THE NEWS: STUB-HUB GETS HIT BY HACKERS

NEW YORK (AP) -- StubHub is the latest online seller to be hit by a security breach.


 

Tonight on WTVC NewsChannel 9

7:00 Wheel of Fortune

7:30 Jeopardy

8:00 The Middle

8:30 The Goldbergs 

9:00 Modern Family

9:30 The Middle 

10:00 Motive

11:00 NewsChannel 9

11:35 Jimmy Kimmel Live

Complete Schedule »


Road Trippin
No Text Zone
Pay It Forward
Storm Track 9 Radar
Storm Track 9 Weather App