By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The baby penguin at the National Aviary finally has a name.READ MORE: National Aviary Welcomes Baby African Penguin, 11th Chick To Hatch At Facility
The chick hatched back in January, but it was only recently that a DNA test could be performed on the baby’s feathers.
It revealed the chick’s gender to be a girl, and the name Marge has been chosen by one of the Aviary’s donors in honor of his own mother.
A penguin’s gender cannot be determined just by looking at the bird. Instead, the Aviary says a DNA test must be performed once the bird’s juvenile feathers start to come in.
The National Aviary says the juvenile feathers grow in to replace the chick’s soft, downy fuzz. The feathers make the penguin waterproof for swimming and diving.READ MORE: National Aviary’s African Penguin Chick Makes Public Debut
It's a girl! Marge was named by generous donor, Board Member, & friend, Rich Caruso, after Rich’s mother. For a short time, National Aviary visitors will have the chance to see Marge daily from 12:30-2pm in our Avian Care Center window. Your visit helps us care for special birds! pic.twitter.com/HneEDNT8s3
— National Aviary (@National_Aviary) March 23, 2021
At almost 3-months-old, little Marge is nearing adult size. She’ll later be getting her own wing band to help identify her from the rest of the Aviary’s penguin colony.
She is the 11th African Penguin chick to hatch at the National Aviary.MORE NEWS: Endangered National Aviary Penguin Chick Celebrates New Milestone This Week
With only about 13,000 pairs remaining in the wild in South Africa, the National Aviary says African Penguins are endangered.