Little penguins from Aus go on display in NY

2015-05-21 15:33

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New York - Two dozen members of the world's smallest penguin species have taken up residence at the Bronx Zoo.

The little penguins are also called blue penguins or fairy penguins. When fully grown, they are only about 33cm tall and weigh about 1.3kg.

All of the birds in the colony at the Bronx Zoo were hatched at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia and brought to the Bronx as part of a breeding programme. They are found in the wild in Australia and New Zealand.

They are the Bronx Zoo's first ever little penguins. Only three facilities in the US currently have them.

Jim Breheny of the Wildlife Conservation Society says the little penguins are settling well and are are "quite a sight to see."

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