Sometimes wonders can happen in the most unexpected places, like zoos or aquariums, such as the controversial SeaWorld in San Diego, California.
As the news station ABC World News Tonight reported on October 28, a rare emperor penguin was born for the first time since 2010 at SeaWorld, and it's a happy and healthy chick. Let's take a look!
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Look at her! She thrives despite being held in captivity.
Emperor penguins face threats due to climate change, which affects their sea ice habitat and the availability of food. They are considered near threatened according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
Their resilience, unique reproductive cycle, and ability to survive in one of the harshest environments on Earth make them a subject of fascination and admiration for many people.
ABC News reported that the veterinary team at SeaWorld carefully helped her hatch out of her shell over the course of three days, which is a significant achievement, especially given the challenges these birds face in a controlled environment compared to their natural habitat.
Despite SeaWorld's known controversy about animal captivity and unethical breeding methods, it also places a strong emphasis on the conservation, rescue, and rehabilitation of marine animals. It participates in rescue efforts and rehabilitation of injured or stranded animals, aiming to release them back into the wild.
As you can see in the video, this little penguin chick is healthy, and the team is now looking for a name for her.
I think Pearl is a good fit.
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