Woodland Park Zoo officials want to thank a young boy who saw an egg in the penguin exhibit. The Humboldt penguin egg hatched on April 5. The boy, described as 7 or 8 years old with blond, curly hair, was wearing a white T-shirt and was extremely polite.
One of two Humboldt penguin chicks recently hatched at the Woodland Park Zoo might never have seen the light of day had it not been for a youngster zoo officials are now trying to find and thank.
The boy was watching the penguin exhibit when he saw an egg on a ledge in the exhibit. He brought it to the attention of a zookeeper who fetched it and put it in the care of a pair of foster parents who tended to it until it hatched, according to a zoo news release. It hatched on April 5.
Birds sometimes reject eggs. Had this one not been seen by the boy … well.
When zookeeper Celine Pardo went to thank the boy for his eagle eyes, he had disappeared.
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The boy is described as 7 or 8 years old with blond, curly hair; he was wearing a white T-shirt and was extremely polite.
“We are so grateful to this little boy for helping us save this precious bird. If a crow or seagull had scooped up the egg, it would have been a goner,” said Pardo.
Zoo officials would like to invite the youngster for a look behind the scenes to meet the chick he saved and help give it a name.
The zoo asks if anyone knows the identity of the mystery boy, please contact the zoo by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humboldt penguins are endangered.