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Ocean Park Designs Device to Check Penguins’ Feet and Reveals Precious Birth Footage for The First Time

2013-01-13

(Hong Kong – 13 January 2013) ‘Penguin Adventures’, the sixth episode of Ocean Park’s InsideTrax online video series, will be posted on Ocean Park’s YouTube Channel, website and Facebook fans page tomorrow. The episode reveals for the first time some exclusive footage of how penguin babies broke through the shells and were born successfully at the Park. The team of penguin keepers had tailor-made tool to facilitate the daily care routines for the animals. For instance, a transparent platform, equipped with a mirror base, is used to examine the penguins’ feet. This is important to penguins because they may contract bumble foot if they stand for too long. Transparent boards are also utilized to separate the individual penguins for feet examination and weight taking. It is important that penguins are able to see their companions during animal care routines because they are used to living in groups and feel more comfortable when their companions are within sight.

Apart from the daily care routines, Ocean Park also pays great attention to the design of the exhibit. For instance, the lightings of the exhibit are constantly adjusted according to daylight patterns in the South Pole to recreate a natural habitat for the penguins, who thoroughly enjoy “sunbathing” by the shore.

Website links:

Ocean Park YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/HKOceanPark
Section on Ocean Park Website   http://www.oceanpark.com.hk/html/en/channel.html
Ocean Park Facebook Fans Page http://www.facebook.com/hkoceanpark

Photo 1: The moment when penguin chicks break through the shells
Photo 1: The moment when penguin chicks break through the shells
Photo 2: Measuring body weight of the penguins is an essential animal care procedure
Photo 2: Measuring body weight of the penguins is an essential animal care procedure
Photo 3: Penguin trainers make use of plastic panels and a mirror to create a simple device to examine penguin feet
Photo 3: Penguin trainers make use of plastic panels and a mirror to create a simple device to examine penguin feet
Photo 4: A fleet of penguins waiting for feet examination
Photo 4: A fleet of penguins waiting for feet examination
Photo 5: A group of penguins enjoy getting sunbathed
Photo 5: A group of penguins enjoy getting sunbathed