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Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

Penguin chick makes public debut


SHIRAHAMA, Wakayama Pref. — A newly hatched emperor penguin has been presented to the public for the first time at an animal park in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, the only facility in Japan that has succeeded in breeding the species, the park's operator said.

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Welcome to our world: A recently hatched emperor penguin is seen at Wakayama Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, last Thursday. KYODO

The baby penguin was hatched Oct. 18 using a special incubator at Wakayama Adventure World, one of just two locations in the country that keeps emperor penguins. With the new chick, the park now has a flock of 14 emperor penguins.

According to Adventure World, it is difficult to breed emperor penguins as it requires an environment similar to the penguins' natural habitat in Antarctica.

The chick, the sixth emperor penguin to be hatched at the park, is being fed ground herring and other seafood five times a day.

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