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A 2-month-old baby Rockhopper penguin sits next to a penguin-shaped soft toy in the breeding center of Ocean Park, a tourist theme park in Hong Kong.

The babysitter is a real softie

Fast facts

  • In the breeding center, chicks raised by penguin keepers live with toy penguins which are intended to imitate adult penguins.
  • The baby penguins are separated from their parents and hand reared by keepers in an effort to increase the survival rate.
  • In the wild penguins usually lay two eggs but sometimes are unable to care for both, leaving weaker ones with a low survival rate.
  • The penguins are scheduled to go on public display in fall this year in a newly built penguin compound.

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