Ski Dubai hatches first King penguin chick

Ski Dubai has the first King penguin chick to ever hatch in the Middle East

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Ski Dubai has welcomed a furry a little penguin to their habitat at Mall of the Emirates.

The so-far-unnamed chick hatched on February 17 but the little belonging to parents Bubbles and Wall-E is only being announced to the world now/

Mum and dad are two King penguins – of the 10 types that’s were brought in in 2002 along with 10 Gentoo penguins – and they have been incubating the egg using a small flap at the top of their feet until it was ready.

They used the technique to keep their offspring safe and warm instead of building a nest inside their habitat and took turns to do so.

Omar El Banna, Marketing & Sales Director at Majid Al Futtaim - Leisure & Entertainment, said: “The chick is living proof of the success of our Snow Penguins programme, an extension of the multi-generation breeding programme in the United States.
“At Ski Dubai, we want all guests to enjoy and share great moments, every day, and we look forward to sharing this special milestone and celebrating the birth of this very special baby King penguin.”

Since birth, the penguin’s weight has increased by more than 10 times and although it is healthy, Ski Dubai has revealed it won’t be taking part in the activities other penguins are right now.

Having the snow penguins there is said to help support research into the species and how well they are doing in Antarctica, as well as protecting them from global warming, predators and infectors.

Now 25 of them are happily living in the habitat. But only guests taking part in the Exclusive or Ultimate encounters can see the King chick on a behind-the-scenes tour.

Peter Dickinson, Head of Ski Dubai’s Penguin Department, said: “We are very pleased to announce that the King chick is happy and healthy in Ski Dubai’s penguin habitat. In just one month, the chick’s weight has increased from 218 grams to 2,800 grams and it has become a part of the King penguin colony.

“The chick will not be participating in penguin encounters until it is at least one year old. There is a very specific process before this can occur and the penguin’s health and safety will continue to be our top priority.”

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