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Baby penguins take their names from 'Doctor Who'

April 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM ET

The Chester Zoo in Chester, England, received a special delivery of baby Humboldt penguins, and they've been given names that are out of this world!

Bird Keeper Karen Neech weighs a pair of newly hatched Humboldt Penguins.
Steve Rawlins / Chester Zoo
Bird keeper Karen Neech weighs a pair of newly hatched Humboldt penguins.

Last year the zoo's clutch (brood of chicks) got their names from British Olympic stars. But this year they are named after icons from the beloved British TV science-fiction series "Doctor Who," which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Bird Keeper - Karen Neech weighs a pair of newly hatched Humboldt Penguins.
Chester Zoo
Bird Keeper Karen Neech holds a pair of newly hatched Humboldt Penguins.

Weighing just 2.3 oz., the baby chick Doctor (named for the show's hero, a mysterious alien known simply as "the Doctor") is one of the first Humboldt penguins to hatch at the zoo this year. He's been joined by Tardis (the Doctor's vehicle for traveling through time and space), Dalek (the Doctor's most dreaded foes are homicidal cyborgs called the Daleks) and Davros (the mad scientist who created the Daleks).

Bird keeper Karen Neech weighs a pair of newly hatched Humboldt Penguins
Chester Zoo
Bird keeper Karen Neech weighs a pair of newly hatched Humboldt penguins.


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