17 August 2018 Current Affairs:
After an incubation of 40 days, India's first Humboldt penguin was born on 15th August at Mumbai's Byculla zoo. As it was born on Independence Day, it was named as
“The Freedom Baby”. The zoo authorities will be conducting DNA test to find out its gender. The chick weighed 75 gm and was reported to be healthy.
♦ The Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) is a South American penguin that breeds in coastal Chile and Peru.
♦ The penguin is named after the cold water current it swims in, which is itself named after Alexander von Humboldt, an explorer.
♦ The species is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.