CHICAGO (CBS) — Spring is here, which means love is in the air – at least for the penguins at the Shedd Aquarium.
The penguins at the Shedd Aquarium are beginning to prepare for mating season by building nests.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Tapers Saturday Night, But More Scattered Showers Sunday
Spring marks the official time for nest building for the two species of penguins that reside at the Shedd Aquarium. Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins use sticks and rocks to build “love nests” before they pair up to begin mating season.
The aquarium’s animal care experts scatter twigs and stones throughout the penguin habitat, signalling the penguins that it is time to begin the weeks-long process of nest building. The ritual has been occurring since 1994 at the Shedd.
“The male penguins will pursue the perfect rock to attract a female mate, and the birds will build their nests in a variety of sizes,” according to the Shedd Aquarium.READ MORE: At Least 16 People Shot, 1 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
Check out the nest building photos below!
Eggs are expected by the end of April into May. Guests may or may not be able to spot them, as the penguins typically sit on their nests to keep the eggs warm.
The Shedd’s breeding program has been successful with several new additions in recent years, including Rockhopper penguins Ruggles, in 2014, and Diego, in 2015.MORE NEWS: At Bond Hearing For Man Authorities Say Was With Him, Prosecutors Say 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo Had Gun In Hand When He Was Fatally Shot By Police
Video credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Sam Cejtin