That's Aww-dorable! Baby Penguins Start a Blog
Eight baby penguins hatched this year at the Central Park Zoo have begun blogging! The group, made up of four chinstrap penguins and four gentoo penguins, have started chronicling their lives on their new blog, The Real Chicks of Central Park.
With the help of zoo staffers, including "Papa Penguin," senior wild animal keeper Juan Romero, who has been hand-feeding the little birds a mix of crill, fish and vitamins five times a day.
"The chicks are the size of a tennis ball when they hatch," Romero says. "They're so teeny-tiny, they're very delicate, so everybody has to be treated accordingly."
When they're not busy blogging, the penguin crew is usually hanging out in 90-degree habitats set at that temperature to mimic the warmth a parent penguin would provide. Mostly, the birds are just busy being babies.
"We wake them up and they will be ready to be fed," Romero says. "Once we're done they will be passing out. Completely out. They eat and sleep and go to the bathroom a lot. That's pretty much what happens with a human baby, you know?"