The Calgary Zoo is welcoming a new king penguin chick to its Penguin Plunge after the wee seabird overcame an “incredible obstacle” to hatch.
Just as the chick’s two-month incubation period was coming to an end, its mother Grace moved away from the egg causing it to roll down the beach and hit rocks that cracked the shell. Zoo staff had to act quickly and rushed the egg to a specialized incubation room to repair the damage.
The “significantly cracked shell” was carefully patched together but, still, the chick would need to fight against many odds to hatch. Over several days it was closely monitored before it finally tried to break through the shell.
“A hatching chick works hard for days to break through its shell… This wee one didn’t have any more strength left,” said the Calgary Zoo in a press release. “It needed experienced helping hands. The Calgary Zoo team gently assisted the chick, ever-so-carefully breaking the shell first and then the egg membrane so that it could ease its way into the world.”