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.

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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.

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: woodlandparkzoopr@zoo.org.

Humboldt penguins are endangered.