Omaha can now get a look at the king penguin chicks that were born at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in mid-March.

The chicks — whose gender is uncertain — have been placed on display in the Antarctic penguin habitat in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium.

These offspring had a decidedly male influence. Each was reared by a male penguin, according to zoo officials. Generally, female king penguins care for chicks. The zoo is keeping the chicks in a pen where they will stay until they molt their nonwaterproof down feathers and gain their juvenile plumage.

One weighs 26 pounds and the other weighs 32.

The zoo has a population of 24 king penguins: 13 males, nine females and the two chicks.

As of June 2018, the North American population of king penguins was 283 individuals in 15 institutions.

Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Phone: 402-444-1102.

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