2014-01-02 / Local & State

Penguin Babies Make Debut At Aviary

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Visitors can now see a newborn pair of endangered African penguins at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.

The chicks, a male and a female, were removed from their nest Thursday, and visitors can watch them grow up in a brooder pen.

Officials at the aviary say the chicks weighed only about two ounces at birth, but they already weigh more than 10 times that. One hatched Nov. 29 and the other on hatched Dec. 2. They haven’t been named.

The species has been declared endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Commercial fishing, destruction of their habitat, pollution and other factors are to blame.

The penguins live off the southern coast of Africa and are smaller than Emperor penguins in Antarctica.

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