(Gatlinburg, WBIR) - There's a new baby penguin in East Tennessee! The new African Black-Footed Penguin at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is about two months old and weighs around five pounds.
Right now, he is being kept away from the main penguin exhibit, but the public can still see the new addition. The aquarium hopes he will be in the main exhibit in a few months.
This is the second baby penguin born at Ripley's Aquarium, and they say the births are important since African penguins are considered an endangered species.
"By breeding them here in zoos and aquariums we can keep diversity, so that way if we have to repopulate in the wild they can be raised in a way that allows that. And they're not all related to each other," said Megan Klose, senior agriculturist at the aquarium.
The zoo is planning to have a contest to name the new baby penguin.