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Calgary King Penguin lays first egg


Staff writers
September 22, 2012 — A King Penguin at the Calgary Zoo has laid the exhibit's first egg.


Staff say mum Asa has been taking good care of the egg so far. Image courtesy Calgary Zoo.
Staff say mum Asa has been taking good care of the egg so far. Image courtesy Calgary Zoo.

There'll soon be a new King Penguin chick at the Calgary Zoo, if the mum can take care of her new egg.

King Penguin Asa laid the zoo's first King Penguin egg on Thursday.

From the sounds of it, the mum is taking good care of the egg, according to Dr. Malu Celli, the enclosure's curator.

"So far, Asa is showing all the right instincts, holding the egg on her feet under her brooding patch and periodically turning the egg," Celli said.

But the curator warns a lot could go wrong in the 52-to-62-day incubation period. 

Other penguins might try steal the egg, or it may be dropped and damaged.

Also, the egg may turn out to be infertile, as Asa's partner, Tut, is relatively young.

Still, Celli said the fact the egg was laid at all is a sign the zoo's King penguins are settling into their new enclosure, which opened in February.

"Even if this egg proves to be unsuccessful, it is a positive first," the curator said.

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