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June 30, 2014

Kansas City Zoo’s first penguin hatchling dies

The only penguin chick born at the Kansas City Zoo died Monday of kidney failure, zoo officials said. The Humboldt penguin lived 37 days but lacked the nutrients to grow and had respiratory problems.

The only penguin chick born at the Kansas City Zoo died Monday of kidney failure, zoo officials said.

The Humboldt penguin lived 37 days. The zoo said its parents tried to care for it but were unable to provide nutrients for it to grow. On Friday, the chick was placed in an incubator and was found to have respiratory problems as well.

Another penguin pair had two fertile eggs but neither made it through incubation. Another egg was infertile.

Zoo officials said they were saddened by the death but hopeful for future offspring.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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