Meet Fluffy McFluffyface
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary celebrates the arrival of first ever baby penguin!
Staff won’t know if the baby penguin, which weighed just 92 grams when it was born, is a boy or a girl until its 3 months old. The sex of the baby Humboldt penguin will be determined by means of a DNA test but we have to wait 10 weeks before such a test can be carried out.
For now, the baby penguin has been given several nicknames and the team hope the public can help once we know the penguins gender. Two popular suggestion amongst the team are ‘Fluffy McFluffyface’ & baby ‘Pip’, which could be changed to Pippa if the penguin is a girl, in honour of Pippa Middleton’s marriage to James Matthews this weekend.
“The whole team is bursting with joy at the arrival of our first ever penguin chick - we are all beaming like we are new parents ourselves! Humboldt penguins are an extremely vulnerable species and it is the first time we have had a penguin chick here at the Sanctuary,” Said Aquarist Hollie Stephenson.
The team also have their fingers crossed that the penguin chick will turn out to be a female, with the hope that when she is old enough she too will get together with a penguin prince charming by the name of Bentley, and take part in the Sanctuary’s Humboldt penguin breeding programme.
Humboldt penguins are native to the coasts of Chile and Peru, where their numbers have declined rapidly as a result of habitat loss, industrial development, commercial guano removal and the El Nino effect. This species of penguin has been classified as vulnerable since the year 2000 and it is thought there are fewer than 32,000 left in the wild.
Find out more about Fluffy here