How To Take Care of a Baby Penguin

If you have watched the cartoon-slash-animation movie Happy Feet, then you must have liked these cute little penguins that flock the Antarctic regions. Penguins are flightless birds that live in the southern hemisphere of the globe. Although there are seventeen different species of penguins like rockhoppers and crested penguins, the emperor penguins are the largest, tallest, and heaviest among them. They weigh about sixty to ninety pounds and can be as tall as forty five inches. Despite the cold and freezing temperature in the Antarctic region, penguins can highly adapt to it. They use their vestigial wings as flippers to navigate through the water and keep balance while on land. They feed on fish, squid, and other small sea creatures.

Normally, you don't see a penguin everyday. A trip to your local zoo will not even guarantee that you will catch sight of these fantastic amphibians. Well, aside from the logo emblazoned on Pittsburgh's hockey players, penguins are a rare find for everyone. Not unless a trip to the Antarctic region is possible.

If you have thought of taking care of a baby penguin, one thing you should consider is how do parent penguins take care of their young. Upon careful observation,  a penguin is hatched by its father and not by its mother. It needs to be kept warm in an incubator and the egg must be given the utmost care to ensure that it doesn't affect the baby penguin that will come out. And as it does, it must be warmed just like in its father's brood patch and taught how to walk and go about. A father penguin usually nudges his young with his belly and guides him in the right direction. The baby penguin doesn't get to eat until the mother penguin comes back after getting food. You can give a penguin a small fish,  a herring, or a squid to eat.  Do not give it too much because just like any other being, too much is not good. Six evenly spaced meals throughout the day will work well with a baby penguin. Pedialyte can be fed to the baby penguin so it doesn't get dehydrayted.

In a few months, the penguin will be full grown and can survive in its own. Of course, if it's in his natural habitat, he can look for food himself. Otherwise, an artificial environment will require you to supply it with food and water so it will grow healthy and strong. Vitamins and other supplements can also be given to a baby penguin so it doesn't contract any diseases.

Be careful when handling a penguin because its bite can be painful. You can hold it by the neck. That would be better if you are planning quick transportation. Also, you might want to cover its eyes so that it will calm down. Lastly, you must build a suitable enclosure for the baby penguin. Since its habitat is supposed to be freezing, then you must ensure you provide such.


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