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  Sick penguin chick beats the odds
Updated 10 October 2003, 08.50
Penguin
A penguin chick born with three life-threatening conditions has fought them off at Edinburgh Zoo.

The brave king chick had pneumonia, a blood problem called anaemia and a weak heart when it hatched.

It was cared for by zoo staff, who put a life-size painting of another penguin in its cage so it wouldn't get too close to humans.

Now the chick has pulled through, and it will be slowly introduced to all the other penguins at the zoo.

A penguin chick
A penguin chick
Fighter

Head keeper Alison Maclean said: "We decided that, if he was a fighter, then the least we could do was give him a fighting chance."

The plucky penguin doesn't have a name yet, as no one knows what sex it is.

Ms Maclean added: "It's been very rewarding seeing the chick pull through, especially when you consider just how many problems it's had along the way."

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