Penguin chick charms crowds at Tokyo aquarium

A baby penguin in Sumida Aquarium in Sumida Ward, Tokyo.
PHOTO: The Japan News/Asia News Network

A baby penguin is being shown to the public at Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo Skytree Town in Sumida Ward, Tokyo.

The Magellanic penguin born on April 19 has been attracting visitors to the facility.

The offspring of father Karin and mother Cocktail, it is the sixth penguin bred in the aquarium.

Palm-size and 11 centimeters tall when born, the chick has since grown to about 20 centimeters tall and is covered in fluffy down.

At 3 months old, its downy feathers will start to molt and it will reach the size of an adult bird.

"The penguin's cradle," a special booth set up for public viewing, is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. through May 31.

The aquarium is asking the public to suggest a name for the baby penguin.

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