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Zoo shows off new penguin chicks

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The young penguins will be on show at the zoo from Friday

Two Humbolt penguin chicks will go on show to visitors at Twycross Zoo for the first time on Friday.

Staff are having to rear the pair by hand to boost their chance of survival, as the adult birds at the Leicestershire zoo are inexperienced.

The grey-coloured chicks are two of four which hatched at the zoo a week ago and were taken out of two different nests at two days old.

The pair have been named Ann and Barbara after staff at the zoo.

Visitors will be able to see the chicks in the ape nursery at the zoo, until they are about three months old, when they can join the penguin colony.

The Humboldt penguin is native to South America.



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