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Belfast Zoo's penguin chicks create a splash

By Rebecca Black

Published 18/07/2015

One of Belfast Zoo’s gentoo penguin chicks with its mum
One of Belfast Zoo’s gentoo penguin chicks with its mum

It's another north Belfast march - but this one is universally popular.

Three adorable gentoo penguin chicks joined the flock earlier this year as part of the European collaborative breeding programme.

Zoo keepers have been preparing for their arrival since February, installing nest rings into the penguin enclosures and even putting up umbrellas for shade and to protect the parents and chicks from wet weather.

The chicks, hatched in May, are becoming more independent and exploring the penguin pool.

Zoo manager Mark Challis said the penguins were a firm favourite with visitors, especially in the underwater viewing area where they can be observed smoothly gliding through the water.

"We have no doubt that the chicks will also be extremely popular with visitors this summer. Every day during the summer we have a full schedule of feeding times. Call by the penguin enclosure at 2.30pm every day to see them enjoying their 'fish suppers' and to catch a glimpse of the little chicks," he said.

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