There’s new royalty at the Calgary Zoo but you won’t need to bow or curtsy when you visit.
King penguin Grace became a new mother on August 6th when an egg laid in June hatched.
While Grace was seen mating with one of the colony’s males, the Zoo says she remains unattached from a pairing which is very unusual since in the wild the pairs take turns incubating the egg and co-parenting.
Apparently it’s because she’s at the Calgary Zoo than in the wild that she can do this because in the wild, solo parent King penguins would struggle to raise chicks as it would be impossible to hunt for food and leave the chick behind unprotected.
This king chick is only the second to be born at the zoo, Nero was born last year.