Our new puffin chick, Ziti, is the second chick to puffin parents Viggo and Staypuft. Ziti hatched on July 5th after an incubation period of 38 days.
Puffin parents, Victor and Vixen, welcomed their sixth chick, Valentine, on July 6th after an incubation period of 39 days.
Ziti and Valentine are the 8th and 9th puffin chicks to successfully hatch in our Sea Cliffs exhibit since reproduction began in 2006. Atlantic puffins generally lay just one egg and raise one chick a year.
The two young puffins will remain in their burrows, which mimic the deep burrows that puffins typically use in the wild, for the next 40 days or more days. During that time, their parents will care for them. Afterwards, the chicks will begin to explore life outside the burrow!
Stay tuned for more updates!