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9:30am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
Buy this photo » Earl the new baby penguin takes his first steps at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, under the watchful eyes of his parents
IT IS a proud moment for any parent.
Yesterday, baby penguin Earl tentatively took his first steps at the Cotswold Wildlife Park as father Dale and mother Yogi looked on.
Earl was born on July 9 but until now has remained in his nest box. He is one of two chicks to be parent-reared at the park in seven years – the other is Jim born to parents Josie and Poly.
The wildlife park near Burford now has 25 Humboldt penguins in its colony, including youngsters Stephen and Heather, who were born last August and were hand-reared by keepers.
The threatened South American species was originally named after the cold water current it swims in.
Curator Jamie Craig said: “After several barren years, we finally have two parent-raised chicks.
"Jim is now regularly out and about and the younger chick is just getting used to the outside world – a big step for it, as it has spent many weeks in the dark security of its burrow, being keenly attended by its parents.”
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