Shedd Aquarium confirms female gender of rockhopper penguin chick

March 24, 2014 (CHICAGO)

The rockhopper penguin's gender had not been determined until recent genetic tests were performed on the chick, the aquarium said in a release.

Shedd's penguins have started gathering materials to make nests for breeding season. Since 1994, the annual nesting activities have been part of the successful penguin breeding program at Shedd.

During the first week of April, aquarium members will have the exclusive opportunity to name the penguin chick, the release said.

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