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Jacksonville Zoo announces new penguin chick

Penguin chick described as 'little jumping bean'

Magellanic penguin chick (Photo courtesy: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens)
Magellanic penguin chick (Photo courtesy: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announced its newest addition Friday afternoon.

A Magellanic penguin chick hatched on June 3, marking the second successful hatching at the Zoo since the opening of Tuxedo Coast in 2010.

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The chick's parents, Troy and Victoria, came to the Zoo in 2010 and have been bonded for five years. This is their first successful hatching.

Described as a "little jumping bean," the chick will be cared for by keepers for the next few months and then slowly and safely introduced to the other 16 penguins.

The chick's gender will be determined soon through DNA testing.

The little one is expected to make its public debut in the next few months.