First glimpse of Fluffy McFluffyface the baby penguin at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
- Credit: Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
This is the first glimpse of the newly born penguin which weighed just 92 grams when it was born Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.
The tiny waddler was born to parent Humboldt penguins Charlie and Jerome earlier this month but staff won't know if the baby penguin is a boy or a girl until it's three-months-old.
For now, the baby penguin has been given several nicknames and the team hope the public can help pick its name once the gender is known. Two popular suggestions amongst the team are Fluffy McFluffyface and baby Pip which could be changed to Pippa if the penguin is a girl.
'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,' said Aquarist Hollie Stephenson. 'Humboldt penguins are an extremely vulnerable species and it is the first time we have had a penguin chick here at the sanctuary,'
The team also have their fingers crossed that the penguin chick will turn out to be a 'Pippa' for another important reason - so that when she is old enough she can take part in the sanctuary's Humboldt penguin breeding programme.
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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.
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