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Rare penguin chick hatched at SeaWorld

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An emperor penguin chick hatched at SeaWorld San Diego, it was announced Wednesday.

The 25-day-old chick, which weighs nearly 2 pounds and stands about 7 inches tall, is being reared behind the scenes at SeaWorld's Penguin Encounter.

It's the 21st successful hatching of an emperor penguin at SeaWorld San Diego, the only place in North America to house and successfully breed the species, according to park officials.

The chick is being fed a special formula, consisting of ground-up fish, krill, vitamins and minerals, six times a day.

Once it is 4 months old, it will be introduced to the adult emperor penguin colony at SeaWorld.

Emperor penguins are the tallest and heaviest of the penguin species and are native to Antarctica. They can grow up to 4 feet tall and weigh as much as 99 pounds.

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