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First king penguin hatches at Kansas City Zoo

Posted at 11:29 AM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 12:29:50-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While the rest of us focus on turkey this week, the Kansas City Zoo is focusing on a different bird. 

For the first time, a king penguin chick has hatched at the KC Zoo. The chick is being hand-raised behind the scenes, according to a news release from the zoo. 

The KC Zoo received a king penguin egg from the St. Louis Zoo and incubated it until it was ready to hatch. On Nov. 8, the penguin chick made its way out of the egg. A news release Monday said the chick had grown to about 280 grams, just over half a pound. 

Zookeepers are feeding the chick a fish “formula.” As it grows, the chick will eat fish chunks, then fish slices and finally whole fish, according to the news release. 

When the chick is big enough, it’ll join the rest of the flock in the Helzberg Penguin Plaza.