Ohio zoo welcomes baby penguin

Say hello to 'Her Majesty Gertrude Sprinklebottom'

By Kaitlyn Walsh
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Humboldt penguin chicks

A penguin chick born recently at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is growing fast -- and into her regal name.

Her Majesty Gertrude Sprinklebottom weighs more than 2 pounds and is starting to eat solid fish: "teeny tiny trout and silversides cut in half," zoo officials said in a Facebook post.

Nicknamed "Gertie," the baby animal still receives her "primary feeds from her foster parents," the post said.

The post said, "She is also super vocal, and animal care staff say that although guests may not be able to see her while she’s in the nest -- you can certainly hear her!"

Gertie was part of a winter baby boom the zoo announced in March that included five Asian small-clawed otter pups and a silvered leaf langur baby. 

"Each contribute to maximizing genetic diversity within their species and sustaining populations of these animals facing serious threats to their future in their native ranges," the press release said.

Gertie was born Feb. 18. She was the 30th Humboldt penguin chick to hatch at the Columbus Zoo, according to the press release.

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