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Sunday 17 December 2017

First penguin chick hatches in aquarium

THE first gentoo chick to be born in Ireland has hatched safely.

The little chick arrived to proud parents Fletcher (7) and Sneachta (4) at the Oceanworld Aquarium in Dingle, Co Kerry.

But his anxious keepers will have to wait until it's at least 12 weeks old before they'll be able to determine the sex.

Kerry's gentoo colony is the first to successfully produce a chick, following several failed efforts.

A gentoo colony in Belfast, the only other one on the island, has so far failed to breed successfully.

Penguin keeper and biologist at Oceanworld Aquarium, Louise Overy, says the new arrival has caused great excitement.

"I saw a tiny hole in the shell but I had to calm myself down and not get too excited in case it was just a break in the shell," she said.

"Sneachta was going crazy in the pool she was so excited but Fletcher was more laid back and wouldn't let her out."

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