For the first time in its 120-plus year history, the Bronx Zoo in New York has bred a Eudyptula minor penguin—and it’s even cuter than we could have imagined.
The chick is extra tiny (it only weighs 44.5 grams, which is equivalent to 0.098 lbs) due to the fact that this species is the smallest of all 18 species of penguins. Adults weigh just 2 to 3 pounds and are, on average, about 13 inches tall. These penguins, which are native to New Zealand and Australia, are also called little penguins, little blue penguins, and our favorite, fairy penguins.
After hatching at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia last year, 18 little penguins were brought to the Bronx Zoo as part of a breeding program. This chick, hatched on May 10, was the first to be born in the U.S. and made its public debut on Wednesday, July 27. The birth of little penguins at the Bronx zoo will help ensure continued genetic diversity in little penguin populations in the U.S., according to a statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society.