Marine park in the Philippines breeds a baby Humboldt penguin in the country's first hatching program for the species. Elly Park reports.
A baby Humboldt penguin is getting a loving welcome during its first public appearance at Manila Ocean Park in the Philippines. These cooing admirers, all beauty pageant contestants, are among many who came to admire the country's first penguin chick bred in captivity. It's the only successful hatchling of a breeding program started in 2013 explains park representative Francis Low. SOUNDBITE: Executive Vice President for Attractions at Manila Ocean Park, Francis Low, saying (English) "This is our very first in the island, in the country itself. The team worked very hard to do a lot of research, together (with) the veterinarians. It was a great learning curve." It's because the birds are normally found in South America's Pacific Coast, around the rocky shores of Chile and Peru, a far cry from the tropical climate of the Philippines. But with their latest success, Low says the park hopes to do a lot more in the future. SOUNDBITE: Executive Vice President for Attractions at Manila Ocean Park, Francis Low, saying (English) "We hope to be able to contribute back to the society. We hope to be able to share a conservation message to everybody in Philippines, and in the world." Right now the baby Humboldt remains unnamed, but the marine park plans on launching a naming contest soon.