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February 18, 2010

Penguin Enrichment: Nesting with Heart


This photo was taken today and is of the Academy penguin “Tag”. She has arranged the valentines hearts into her nest. You can notice that she layered them within leaves. African penguins don’t tend to shred materials as some other birds do. They often take whole items and arrange them in a thick layer. Some of the female penguins at the Academy are fastidious about nest arrangement while others are a little less obsessive. “Tag” is currently sitting on 2 eggs. These are not fertile, which happens about 50% of the time. Luckily “Tag” and “Agulhas” have had several fertile eggs in the past and are the parents of several chicks at the Academy. If you watch the following link you can see her mate “Agulhas” collecting the hearts and taking them to their nest.-Pamela Schaller http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03sNQxPAV9A

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 1:06 pm

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  1. I just watched the video and am sitting here with a large grin on my face. How adorable the valentine give-away was to watch!

    Comment by Dani — March 8, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

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