Zoo's Pescado and Patata get their feet wet
Portlanders, meet Pescado and Patata, the Oregon Zoo's new fluffy Humboldt penguin chicks.
Pescado and Patata (Spanish for "fish and chips") were born in early March and have spent the past two months in the nest, growing feathers and preparing to swim. On Monday, May 14, the pair waddled into their new pool and splashed around a bit.
"They were eager to get in," said Gwen Harris, the zoo's senior keeper of birds. "Soon they'll be faster in the water than they are on land."
Zoo visitors soon might be able to see the gray fluffy Pescado and Patata exploring rocky terrain and deep pools at the Penguinarium. In 2012, the zoo finished a project to improve the habitat's water-filtration system, saving millions of gallons of water each year, which was funded by the 2008 zoo bond.