It's a girl! Calgary Zoo names newest king penguin Cleopatra - 660 NEWS
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It's a girl! Calgary Zoo names newest king penguin Cleopatra

Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo has named its newest king penguin.

The chick, born in August 2017, is named Cleopatra.

Zoo spokesperson Trish Exton-Parder said they name all these birds after royalty, and they had this name tucked away just in case it was a female.

It’s good news for the zoo’s breeding program.

“It’s really important to get the right animals in the breeding program to have that genetic diversity,” she said. “It’s very male-heavy in king penguins and so we were looking to have more females added to that population so having a girl was even better.”

Watch for Cleo when the penguin walk starts January 17. She has distinctive brown fur because of her young age.

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