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2013 Re-Cap: Our Family’s New Additions

In 2013, was a year filled with very exciting births here at the National Aquarium!

From sloths to sharks, check out what animals joined the family this past year:

Scout

In November, our Rain Forest staff noticed that one of our Linne’s two-toed sloths, Ivy, had given birth to a baby!

national aquarium baby sloth scout

Scout is the fourth sloth born at the National Aquarium. His sibling, Camden, was just born in the Fall of 2012.

Linne’s two-toed sloths are commonly found in South America’s rain forests, where they spend almost their entire lives in the trees. They are nocturnal by nature, fairly active at night while spending most of the day sleeping.

Puffin Chick

In July, most of the world was on royal baby watch. At the Aquarium, however, we were obsessing over our newest addition – a puffin chick!

puffin chick

This baby is the fourth chick for puffin parents Victor and Vixen, the parents of the Aquarium’s first successful puffin chick back in 2006.

Did you know? Puffins co-parent their young and take turns incubating the egg, protecting their nest and carrying back food to keep their chick well-fed!

Chloe

Our sandbar shark pup, Chloe, was born at the Aquarium back in May!

national aquarium sandbar shark

Chloe is the first pup our female sandbar shark has had since coming to our facility in 2003. Female sandbars are known to have a range of 1 to 14 pups throughout their lifetime.

Given the low survival rates of shark pups, we are very excited to see how well Chloe is doing in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit!

Motmot Chicks

Earlier this year, four blue-crowned motmot chicks were born in our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit.

blue crowned motmot chick

This was the second successful brood for our pair of motmots. They produced their first set of chicks back in 2011!

Blue-crowned motmots are known for their unusual nesting behaviors – parent birds actually excavate long tunnels into the earth, where they lay their eggs and raise their offspring!

Celebrating any new additions to your family this year? Tell us about them in the comments section! 

Baby Puffin Update: Exhibit Exploration & General Cuteness

We’re happy to report that the puffin chick that recently hatched at the Aquarium continues to do well!

national aquarium puffin chick

After spending close to 45 days tucked within its nesting burrow, our baby puffin emerged in early September and began to explore our Sea Cliffs exhibit.

Did you know? Atlantic puffin chicks are known to develop rather quickly! In the wild, they’re fully-fledged and ready to leave their parents after only six weeks.

DNA testing has confirmed that our chick is in fact female! Staff and visitors alike can easily identify our chick by her small, gray bill. It may take two or more years for the bright colors and large triangular bill, what’s commonly seen in mature puffins, to develop.

national aquarium puffins

Stay tuned for more updates on our baby puffin! 

Move Over Royal Baby, Puffin Chick Born at National Aquarium!

special announcement national aquarium baltimore

Will and Kate who? At National Aquarium, we’re congratulating puffin parents Victor and Vixen on the birth of their female puffin chick!

puffin chick

This baby is the fourth chick for Victor and Vixen, the parents of  the Aquarium’s first successful puffin chick back in 2006. Puffins co-parent their young and take turns incubating the egg, protecting their nest and carrying back small fish to keep their chick happily fed.

The Aquarium’s new addition hatched on July 4 after an incubation period of approximately 30 days. Our puffins nest in special enclosures created to mimic the deep burrows typically used by their species. In the wild, puffin couples have been observed reuniting at the same burrow site year after year.

puffin chick

Since her birth, the chick has been closely watched by our staff aviculturists. We’re happy to report that the baby is steadily gaining weight and appears to be quite healthy!

puffin chick

The baby puffin will remain within its burrow for 40 or more days before it begins making short exploratory trips into the exhibit.

Stay tuned for more updates on the newest addition to the Aquarium family! 

Stork stops by Sea Cliffs exhibit

The National Aquarium is happy to welcome “Squirt”, the newest addition to the puffin colony in the Sea Cliffs exhibit.  Hatching sometime last night after a 34 day incubation period, this is the second successful hatching for our orange banded female and black banded male. Puffins form a pair bond and typically return to the same nest ground year after year. This pair’s first chick hatched in 2006, and was the first puffin born at the Aquarium!

Squirt weighs just 37 grams right now but should grow to be about 32 cm, or 12 inches, tall. He will remain in the nest box which is located on the far left side of the exhibit for several weeks and will be fed by both parent birds there.

Squirt the Puffin


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