First ever baby Penguin hatched at the Seal Sanctuary

After successfully hand-rearing "Squidge" the miracle penguin chick, it is now time for the team to give Squidge swimming lessons.

"Squidge" hatched on 27th May 2018 to parents Lola and Gilbert, a Humboldt Penguin pair at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. The couple have been paired up since 2013 and each year have tried their very best to incubate and rear their own chicks but are not the most natural of parents!
Squidge - 30th June 2018
Squidge - 30th June 2018 The pair just spent too much time bickering over their new arrival rather than taking care of it.

The team noticed that Lola and Gilbert were not feeding the chick but in an attempt to give the parents more time to learn what they were meant to do, they decided to supplement the chick by giving regular syringe feeds of special blended food for birds.
The chick was then put back on the nest to encourage Lola and Gilbert to feed the chick themselves. As the parents continued to bicker, the team sought advice from a specialist at Scarborough Sea Life. For the baby´s safety the decision was made to remove the chick in an attempt to hand rear it and give it chance to survive.

The Sanctuary team have never hand reared a penguin before so the team made regular calls to the experts to make sure everything was going to plan! This included sending over all the information they had on growth rates, feeding amounts and behaviour.
Squidge - 30th June 2018
Squidge - 1st August 2018 Like all new-borns, the chick had very specific requirements and was having feeds up to 8 times a day, starting at 5.30am right through to 10pm.

The animal care team worked around the clock to ensure this little chick had the best chance and it´s thanks to their dedication that "Squidge" is going from strength to strength!
We will not know the sex of the penguin until it is DNA tested in September but the team from very early on have nicknamed it "Squidge" due to a quickly expanding waistline!

Squidge will be having swimming lessons and will have visits to the penguin beach and slowly be introduced to the adults starting this week.
Squidge - 1st August 2018

Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Georgina Shannon on 01326 221361
Issue Date: 6th August 2018

Website Media Team Note: Click here to see a selection of photos of the Penguin Chick on our Fliker page.