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Hot new chicks at the Tennessee Aquarium

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The baby penguins at the TN Aquarium. The baby penguins at the TN Aquarium.
The baby penguins at the TN Aquarium. The baby penguins at the TN Aquarium.
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“Biscuit” and “Blue” are the proud parents of not one, but two new penguin chicks at the Tennessee Aquarium. 

The fluffy babies, hatched in early June, are both being raised on exhibit by their parents.

Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium can view the chicks in their nest near the left side of the Aquarium’s Penguins’ Rock exhibit. The rock nest is surrounded by acrylic panels to keep the chicks safe and block any curious neighbors who might want to peek in on the family.

Aquarium experts say Biscuit and Blue are seasoned parents and have been doing a great job of raising the rather vocal duo. 

“This is the first time we’ve had a penguin pair successfully raise two chicks without much intervention from staff and volunteers,” said senior aviculturist Loribeth Lee. “We know the best environment for a new penguin chick is in the nest with their parents. But in past years, when any of our couples have had two eggs hatch, we’ve ended up hand raising one chick off exhibit or introducing a set of surrogate parents. So far these two are growing very well thanks to all the hard work by Biscuit and Blue.”
 
Aquarium experts will also point out the chicks during the daily penguin programs at 10:30am and 3:30pm.

READ MORE | Tennessee Aquarium website

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