SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica Welcomes First Penguin Chick

by Holy Cuteness on December 18, 2013

On November 30, SeaWorld Orlando welcomed the first chick to hatch at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, the all-new attraction featuring a colony of more than 250 penguins from four species – king, Adelie, gentoo and rockhopper.

The nearly two-week-old king chick is now weighing in at 30 ounces (882 grams) and currently being raised by its parents with routine check-ups from the SeaWorld Orlando Aviculture Team who monitor the chick’s weight and overall development. Although small now, it will grow to be more than 24 pounds (11 kilograms) and over 2.5 feet tall. This chick is one of two king chicks that have hatched within the last two weeks with more expected within the coming weeks.

Caring for the king chick is a full-time job shared by mom and dad, and it starts before the penguin even hatches. Since king penguins don’t build nests, the female lays one egg and both parents share incubation duties by placing the egg on their feet. This is also how they carry the chick once it hatches. Guests may get a rare glimpse of the king chick during feedings.

Penguins Chase Butterfly

by Holy Cuteness on November 27, 2013

Check out how these funny penguins hop after a butterfly at the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Kyoto, Japan.

Hat tip to Laughing Squid.


Romantic Penguin Couple

by Holy Cuteness on November 11, 2013

Photographer Marius Ilies writes; “I took this picture at Port Lockroy during my trip to Antartica in 2010. The two penguins almost touching flippers, looking at each other, and captured against the majestic frozen background, seemed romantically involved.”

Photo by Marius Ilies, submitted to National Geographic’s Your Shot.


Animal Facts That You Can’t Un-Know

by Holy Cuteness on August 8, 2013

Here are some interesting animal facts that you have to know…

From BuzzFeedVideo.


Penguin Plays With iPad

by Holy Cuteness on March 18, 2013

Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific were given old iPads, with a cat game on it, to play with. The penguin in this video obviously loved it. Come on Pee Wee, catch that mouse!

Hat tip to Gizmodo.


Clumsy Penguins Compilation

by Holy Cuteness on March 12, 2013

This video shows it’s not always easy being a penguin…

Hat tip to Tastefully Offensive.


Penguin is Scared to Dive

by Holy Cuteness on February 18, 2013

Come on, you can do it!

Via SayOMG.


Fuzzy Penguin Chicks

by Holy Cuteness on January 13, 2013

Two fuzzy baby gentoo penguins share a cuddle to stay warm.

Photo by Richard Sidey, via National Geographic.


Concerned Penguins Sound Adorable

by Holy Cuteness on December 7, 2012

No idea whether it’s real…

Via Buzzfeed.


Penguin Feeding Time

by Holy Cuteness on September 4, 2012

Time to feed the penguins!

Via Kanaka1221.