Sunday 18 March 2018

Watch: Ireland's first gentoo penguin chick hatches

Majella O’Sullivan

The first gentoo penguin chick to be born in this country has hatched.

The little chick made its appearance at the Oceanworld Aquarium in Dingle, Co Kerry last Wednesday.

However, it will be at least another couple of months before his keepers will be able to determine his six.

Proud parents, Sneachta (4) and Fletcher (7) are taking it in turns to feed their chick and keep him warm.

This is the first successful hatching at the popular aquarium that has housed a gentoo colony for the last couple of years.

Penguin keeper Louise Overy said the new arrival has caused fierce excitement both among the other penguins and the staff.

“We’ve waited three years for this to happen and it least now we know that because they’re breeding successfully, it means they’re happy here,” she told

“It’s also good news for the future because if this pair can do it, they all can.”

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