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New Baby Penguin at Tennessee Aquarium
Whats black & white and cute all over?
A new baby penguin at the Tennessee Aquarium.
Tennessee Aquarium visitors are having fun acting as penguin paparazzi, each one hoping to capture the perfect picture of a fuzzy new bird.
The guests really love seeing this little Macaroni chick, said senior aviculturist Amy Graves. They ask a lot of great questions about baby penguins and the other birds currently incubating eggs.
This newest addition is the first offspring for parents Merlin and Sweet Pea, but they seem to be adjusting to parenthood quickly. New penguin parents dont always have the best parental instincts. While Merlin and Sweet Pea have done a pretty good job so far, the Aquariums penguin experts have had to supplement the feeding routine a couple of times to ensure this tiny bird was receiving enough nutrients. Fortunately this pair has a gentle demeanor that makes caring for the chick a bit easier.
Both Sweet Pea and Merlin are really laid-back with easy-going personalities, said Graves. That makes it easier for us to perform regular weight checks, clean the nest and feed when necessary.
Guests can see this chick in an acrylic playpen on the right-hand side of the Tennessee Aquarium penguin exhibit. It has grown enough since hatching on May 31st to be visible most of the time. Although sometimes visitors may only see its bottom.
Merlin still likes to try tucking the chick under him for protection even though its too big to fit underneath, Graves said. The chick still wants to be tucked in, so every once in awhile youll see its head underneath Merlin.
A blood test will be performed later to determine if the new chick is a boy or a girl.
This could still be a very busy season for the Aquariums penguin keepers. There are several Gentoo Penguins with eggs and two couples that might still lay eggs.
Zeus and Pebbles are showing interest in nesting right now, said Graves. And, were still waiting to see what will happen with Poncho and Peep. They produced a chick last year but seem to be in no hurry this year.
Here is a look at the current egg count:
Nipper and Flower " two eggs
Bug and Big T " two eggs
Biscuit and Blue " one egg
Guests can add the afternoon Backstage Pass to a Tennessee Aquarium visit to get a birds-eye view of the nesting penguins.
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HILARY SWANK: DEATH BECOMES HER?
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- Hilary Swank says even her own mom wonders why it seems she never lives long enough in the movies to see the credits roll. The actress has starred in a number of films in which her character -- or someone close to her -- dies. Swank says it isn't like she asks her people to go out and find scripts in which she ends up dead. But she says she does ask her people to point her to roles in which there are stories about women who can show the world "real, meaty, courageous, brave snippets of life." Her latest movie is "You're Not You" -- in which she plays a former pianist suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. Not trying to spoil anything -- but Swank says it she doesn't think it gives anything away to tell you that her character doesn't survive this one, either.
Hilary Swank says it's not like she goes looking for roles with people who end up dead.
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Hilary Swank says she's aware that death is often an element in her movies.
HALLE BERRY'S BRAS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Want to get your hands on some of Halle Berry's lingerie? You now have a chance -- now that she's reviving a line of underwear that has its origins in France. Berry is launching a collection of 10 bras and panties that will be sold at Target. They are born from the Scandale line -- which was started in 1932. Berry is an owner of the line -- and helps in the design of the lingerie. She notes women usually buy lingerie for themselves -- and if they find something they feel good in, it makes them "feel sexy and feminine and empowered." She says as a result, "their partners also reap the benefits." She spoke about the line while showing off a bra in her product line -- one that retails for under $20.
CLAIRE COFFEE: SETTLING IN
NEW YORK (AP) -- Claire Coffee has been married almost a year. But she says it's only now that she's starting to settle into the relationship. That's because her husband, Chris Thile, is in the band The Punch Brothers and is "on the road most of the time." The star of NBC's "Grimm" says the couple has now relocated to Portland, Oregon -- where the show is shot. And Coffee says, that means they'll have more time to spend together, even though her hubby is still an active part of the group. While she may not see much of her husband, Coffee says she gets to see lots of fans of Grimm in Portland. She says fans keep showing up -- even though producers don't go telling people when and where they will shoot. The first episode of season four of Grimm airs tonight on NBC.
Claire Coffee says Portland, Oregon isn't the easiest place to have a long-distance relationship.
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Claire Coffee says fans of "Grimm" seem to have no problem tracking down where the crew is shooting on any given day.
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Claire Coffee says she thinks fans have inside information on how to find where "Grimm" is taping.
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