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Cincinnati Zoo welcome first baby of 2016

(Photo: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden) (Photo: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden posted the question on Facebook – “Which will come first, the aardvark or the egg?” 

Their question was answered Friday morning when a little penguin, also known as a blue or fairy penguin, hatched, making it the zoo’s first baby of 2016. The blue penguin's birth weight was 46 grams.

“The zoo celebrates Penguin Days during January and February, so it’s fitting that a penguin chick would be the first little one to arrive in 2016,” said Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard.

The zoo says little penguins, unlike king penguins, prefer milder temperatures, so visitors are not likely to see the new chicks and the rest of the colony until spring.

As for the aardvark, after a rough 2015,  Ali the aardvark has been on 24-hour birth watch since early December.

“Ultrasounds have shown that the baby is in position and Ali is as big as a house.  Her chin has a chin. I really thought she would have the first baby of 2016,” said nursery keeper Dawn Strasser.

Strasser expects Ali's baby to come at any minute. 

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