The first images of this year’s newly-hatched gentoo penguin chicks have been released by staff at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.
The wildlife conservation charity has reported that nine chicks have emerged so far, with the first two eggs hatching to parents Muffin and Mittens on 1st May.
Gentoo chicks weigh around 98g when hatched, which is the equivalent to half an avocado! The first month is a critical time and keepers will be keeping a close eye on the new chicks, with more expected in the coming weeks.
Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the new arrivals can watch on the zoo’s live Penguin Cam which has a view over the gentoo nesting rings and can be viewed 24 hours a day – edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/penguin-cam
Visitors can also see the gentoo penguin chicks in-person by pre-booking tickets online at tickets.edinburghzoo.org.uk.