3 endangered penguin chicks in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Three endangered African blackfooted penguin chicks are swimming about with adults on display at the New Orleans aquarium.
The chicks are gray and white. They'll turn black and white in about a year.
They hatched in March. The Aquarium of the Americas announced their presence Wednesday, two days after the chicks joined more than two dozen adults on display.
Senior aviculturist Darwin Long says these all were tiny "preemies" which had to be helped out of their eggs.
When the International Union for Conservation of Nature declared them endangered in 2010, an estimated 75,000 to 80,000 lived in the wild. The organization said numbers had fallen about 90 percent during the 20th century, and were continuing to plummet.