KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first king penguin chick hatched at the Kansas City Zoo is now on public display.
The chick was named Louie after a vote on social media. He joined the rest of the flock Tuesday at Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
The Kansas City Star reports that Louie will be in a “penguin playpen” on the other side of a glass that offers close-up views for visitors. He still has his gray chick fur. He will eventually grow as tall as a yardstick. Kings are the second largest penguins, after emperors.
Louie was hatched Nov. 8 from a surplus egg provided by the Saint Louis Zoo. He was hand-raised by zoo staff.
His gender was determined by a blood test.