Shedd Aquarium’s penguin chick needs a name

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CHICAGO — The Shedd Aquarium is showing off one of its newest members — and now, it wants help naming it.

Shedd is teaming up with Lurie Children’s Hospital for the #WaddleItBe contest to choose a new moniker for “Chick No. 23,” one of the aquarium’s rockhopper penguin chicks.

The warm-weather bird was born 10 months ago and now measures at 18 inches and between 4 to 6 pounds, the aquarium said in a statement.

The #WaddleItBe voting contest opened at 10 a.m. Monday on Lurie Children’s website and social media channels. Children and families can also vote in person at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Lincoln Park Outpatient Center. The winning name will be announced Monday, April 25, during a live event at the hospital.

Additionally, the aquarium will give the children’s hospital an in-depth look at penguin life this week through a live webcam, educational and naming activities, and a visit with some of the animals.

Shedd has approved four names from which voters can choose, each inspired by native areas where rockhopper penguins are found:

  • Lennox (for Isla Lennox, Chile)
  • Dawson (for Isla Dawson, Chile)
  • Diego (for Isla Diego de Almargo, Chile)
  • Javier (for Isla Javier, Chile)

Rockhopper penguins are known for the crest feathers on their heads and bright orange-red bills. The birds are listed as a “vulnerable” species to endangerment by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

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