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Penguin chicks born for the first time at Longleat

A trio of penguin chicks has hatched for the first time at Longleat.

All three chicks, which were born earlier this month, are doing well and keepers at the Wiltshire wildlife attraction are confident more are due to start hatching out over the coming weeks.

Longleat is home to a colony of captive-bred Humboldt penguins who live on Penguin Island which features a 225,000-litre diving pool and a series of naturally-themed nesting areas.

Keeper Lucy Jacobmeyer said: “Although they are all first-time parents, the adults are doing incredibly well. Parents Paula and Nick are looking after two chicks and Eusebir and Princess have one chick.

“Apart from taking them out to check their weight we have very much left them to get on with things and they are coping brilliantly.

“The nesting areas mimic those in the wild and definitely seem to be working well and there are a number of other pairs currently sitting on eggs which we hope will start to hatch out very soon,” she added.

In the wild the penguins are under threat from climate change, overfishing and the acidification of the oceans.

They are now officially listed as ‘Vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature which means they are at immediate or imminent risk of becoming endangered.

Photo Credit: Dave McGirr

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