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Tennessee Aquarium penguin family has new chick

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga can get a look at the new penguin chick.

The chick, which arrived in June, is inside an acrylic "playpen" at the aquarium's Penguins' Rock exhibit, where it will stay for several more weeks before being allowed to roam outside the nest. Senior aviculturist Amy Graves says penguins need waterproof swim feathers before they can venture out on their own.

A blood test later this year will determine the chick's gender, and an online contest is planned then to find a name.

Graves says the chick's parents, Chaos and Merlin, are taking their parental roles seriously, with Merlin being the protector and Chaos tending to the feeding responsibilities.

She says the chick is pretty pudgy, meaning the parents are successful in feeding.
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