OMAHA — Omaha can now get a look at the king penguin chicks that were born at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in mid-March.

The chicks — whose gender is uncertain — have been placed on display in the Antarctic penguin habitat in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium. 

These offspring had a decidedly male influence. Each was reared by a male penguin, according to zoo officials. Generally females king penguins care for chicks.

The zoo is keeping the chicks in a pen where they will stay until they molt their non-waterproof down feathers and gain their juvenile plumage.

They weigh 26 and 32 pounds, a piece.

The zoo has a population of 24 king penguins: 13 males, nine females and the two chicks.

As of June 2018, the North American population of king penguins was 283 individuals in 15 institutions.

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