Baby penguins on view starting Thursday at Pittsburgh's National Aviary

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The city’s NHL team has been battered by injuries, but the newest penguins in Pittsburgh won’t be suiting up at the Consol Energy Center to help out.

The National Aviary on the North Side says two penguin chicks were born in the past month, bringing the total number of African penguins at the aviary’s Penguin Point exhibit to 18.

The chicks, a female and a male that have not yet been named, were hatched Nov. 29 and Dec. 2, respectively, and are the offspring of a couple named Sidney and Bette, said Cheryl Tracy, the National Aviary’s managing director, in a news release.

“The chicks are thriving, and we are very excited to share this journey with the public,” Ms. Tracy said. African penguins are endangered in the wild, and the aviary’s penguins are part of an important breeding program, the news release said.

Visitors will be able to see the baby penguins through a window to the aviary’s nursery starting Thursday after they are examined by a veterinarian. They will be hand-raised by nursery staff until they join the rest of the penguin colony this summer. From Thursday until Jan. 3, visitors can enter to win an up-close “baby penguin encounter.” Other events involving the baby penguins will be added. To see photos and information, go to

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