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Sedgwick County Zoo's first baby Humboldt penguins elusive, shy for debut

A 12-day-old Humboldt penguin at Sedgwick County Zoo's Cessna penguin exhibit.
A 12-day-old Humboldt penguin at Sedgwick County Zoo's Cessna penguin exhibit. Courtesy photo

At their first ever media debut this morning, the two penguin chicks at the Sedgwick County Zoo remained hidden behind Mom and Dad.

Occasionally, dark downy shadows could be seen moving behind the parent penguins in artificial burrows — but for the most part the tiny babies didn't show their beaks.

The Humboldt penguin chicks are the first ever to be hatched at the Sedgwick County Zoo. They were hatched March 21 and March 23. Both are doing well, said Joe Barkowski, the zoo's curator of birds.

Within a month, the two babies should be seen more frequently. In addition, two more penguin eggs are expected to be hatched by the end of April.

The zoo is celebrating World Penguin Day on April 24.

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