Baby gentoo penguin born at SC zoo

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Riverbanks Zoo is welcoming the newest member of their family -- a baby gentoo penguin.

The currently unnamed bird was born on June 27 and is being cared for by its parents away from the penguin exhibit.

"The new family will be off exhibit for a few more weeks, until the young bird's adult feathers have grown in," said Martin Vince, bird curator.

The birth of the gentoo penguin is a first for the zoo, but they have also successfully bred and hatched rockhopper penguins in the past.

The new penguin will join the others in the exhibit as soon as it's done growing its feathers and learns to swim.

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