VIDEO: Baby penguin makes her debut

SEA LIFE Melbourne welcomes new penguin chick

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Lorraine weighs in

Lorraine weighs in

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This penguin chick is melting hearts in Melbourne.

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FIRST time penguin parents Donny and Sybil recently celebrated the arrival of a newborn baby.

Named Lorraine, the little chick is the first penguin to hatch at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium this year.

Lorraine arrived last month as part of the aquarium's eighth successful King penguin breeding season. The chick weighed in at 966 grams, with proud parents Donny and Sybil watching on.

According to Bird Keeper Nicola Saville the penguin parents are one of the newest couples in the Penguin Playground, having started their relationship only last year.

"Despite what some people say, penguins are actually not monogamous. Their relationships are similar to ours in that they can enjoy long-lasting love, break up after a few months or stay single!".

King penguins are the second largest penguin species. They have the longest breeding cycle in the penguin family with the ritual of courtship, egg laying and rearing taking up to 16 months.

The new chick will remain under careful supervision of its parents until it is around 10 months old, when it will moult into a waterproof layer of feathers and learn to swim.

www.sealifemelbourne.com.au

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