Cincinnati Zoo announces NASA-themed names of new penguin chicks!

“Some planets are red; These penguins are blue; We’re excited to introduce; Mars & Rover to you!”

Welcome Mars and Rover, Cincinnati Zoo's new penguin chicks

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ new penguin chicks officially have names.

Say hello to Mars and Rover!

The zoo announced the names Friday afternoon in one of its engaging Home Safari sessions on Facebook Live. (The video is also embedded above.)

“We usually stick with food and car-themed names for this species, but yesterday’s spacecraft touchdown inspired us to break tradition,” said Cincinnati Zoo bird team curator Jenny Gainer. “Technically, Mars is a candy brand and Rover is a car, so they still sort of fit.”

Born Jan. 13 and 14, the chicks are the latest additions to the zoo’s new Roo Valley exhibit.

Their genders are yet to be determined.

Some planets are red These penguins are blue We're excited to introduce Mars & Rover to you! The bird team is over the...

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Friday, February 19, 2021

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