NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Audubon Aquarium's youngest penguin chick is ready to meet the rest of the colony.
Elmer, an endangered black-footed penguin born Aug. 31, will make his Audubon Aquarium debut on Friday, Nov. 5.
Aviculturists nicknamed the newest chick Elmer after repairing a broken bit of its shell with glue during incubation. Whether Elmer is male or female has yet to be determined, so Elmer could be renamed once we know more about the young chick.
Elmer is the second, and most likely last, baby for parents Puddles and Millicent. "The Species Survival Plan limits them to two chicks," said Senior Aviculturist Darwin Long. "We're hoping to get some new pairings this coming year – and maybe some new penguin chicks as well!"
Penguin populations in the wild face several challenges including the overfishing of their food supply. These factors make captive breeding essential to their survival according to the Aquarium. Fifty-four penguins have hatched in their facilities since opening in 1990.