Penguin cam shows endangered chicks hatching at National Aviary

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PITTSBURGH — A Web camera has captured images of the second of two endangered African penguins hatching at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.

Aviary officials spotted the second chick for the first time Friday. But they say the nesting behavior of the parents suggests the chick likely hatched Thursday. A sibling hatched Monday.

The new chick brings to 18 the number of African penguins in the aviary’s Penguins Point exhibit. Scientists estimate fewer than 20,000 exist in the wild.

The public can monitor the baby penguins’ progress at PenguinNestCam.org. Visitors to the aviary can watch parents Sidney and Bette sharing nesting duties.

The chicks will be named after DNA tests can determine their genders in a few weeks. Their father is named for Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby.

Watch here: penguinnestcam.org

 

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