We are so excited to introduce you to the newest member of our penguin family: a charming Humboldt penguin chick named Sunny. Born on the 19th of April after an eagerly awaited 40-day incubation period to penguin parents Sheldon and Freckles, Sunny is going from strength-to-strength. Already weighing in at an impressive 3 kilograms, this adorable bundle of joy is making a splash.
Humboldt penguins are medium-sized penguins that live along the coasts of Peru and Chile. They are excellent swimmers, capable of swimming through the water at speeds up to 20mph. They can also dive up to 1500 feet underwater.
Sunny, still sporting some fluffy grey feathers, has already captured the hearts of the park’s keepers. The gender of this little bundle of joy currently remains a mystery, but Sunny’s name reflects the cheer they have already brought to the team.
While Sunny enjoys the cozy comfort of their nest box, it’s crucial to remember the challenges faced by Humboldt penguins in the wild. These incredible creatures are vulnerable due to threats like overfishing, rising sea temperatures, and habitat loss. As nature enthusiasts, we can play a significant role in protecting their future. By responsibly disposing of litter, choosing sustainable seafood options, and reducing our carbon footprint, we can contribute to the preservation of these wonderful penguins and their fragile environment.
In the coming months, Sunny will gradually begin to explore the penguin habitat here at Blair Drummond but for now, the chick is spending all their time in the nest box.
Stay tuned for more updates on Sunny’s progress and make sure to visit the park to witness this charming little chick as they grow from fluffy baby to graceful penguin.