Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo
A two-month-old Humboldt penguin was named yesterday in honor of a little boy who helped rescue it as an egg. The chick has been named Ramón, a Spanish name that means “protector”

Rescued penguin chick named after protector

The Woodland Park Zoo named a two-month old rescued penguin chick yesterday in honor of the little hero who saved it as it was hatching.

While enjoying the penguin exhibit, the little boy alerted the keeper that he could see an egg on a cliff in the exhibit. The keeper, Celine Pardo, immediately followed the boy’s instructions and scooped up the egg. The egg was rushed indoors and relocated under a pair of foster parents. It hatched on April 5.

By the time Pardo returned to the exhibit to personally thank the boy, he had already left the exhibit.

“We are so grateful to this little boy for helping us save this precious bird. If a crow or seagull had scooped up the egg, it would have been a goner,” said Pardo at the time. “We’d like to find him and extend an invitation to go behind the scenes to meet the chick and help name it."

But after two months of searching, the zoo was unable to locate the boy. Yesterday, the now two-month-old chick was named Ramón, a Spanish name that means “protector”, in honor of the little hero.

Ramón os one of two chicks of four-year-old mother Sardinia and nine-year-old father Groucho that hatched in April.

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