Friday, 20 April 2012
The Penguins are going two by two….!
The first two penguins left the island last week to be hand reared close to Longleat. Poppy and Desmonds chicks hatched at 84 grams each, which is a really healthy hatch weight. Matthew from Specialist Wildlife Services came to the park to collect them, with an incubator plugged into the car to keep them warm.
They will be fed on a special diet of liquidised sprats, saline solution and calcium and vitamin supplement, three times a day for three months.
The feedback from Paul who is hand rearing them is very positive and both chicks are eating well.
Biscuit and Squirts first chick hatched last night and weighed in at a whopping 92 grams! The other egg has just started pipping in the incubator.
This is definitely a serious penguin assembly line!
Above Left- Animal Keeper Grace, Below Right- Volunteer Holly