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Baby King Penguin named after former Badgers player

Courtesy: Moody Gardens Courtesy: Moody Gardens

GALVESTON, TX (WKOW) -- It's official, Texans defensive star and former Badgers player J.J. Watt has a little one.  A baby King Penguin named after him that is.

That's right, the toughest new addition to the Moody Gardens penguin exhibit has been named Watt.

The gender of the young chick is still unknown because penguins are not sexually dimorphic, meaning it is impossible to tell male and female penguins apart based solely on looks. While away from the exhibit, blood tests will be done to determine the sex of the hatchling.

Little Watt suffered an injury shortly after breaking out of his shell, however, proved to be a touch chick and made a quick recovery.  Watt is back on exhibit, joining the nearly 100 penguins housed in the Aquarium Pyramid.

"The little chick braved through it all," said Moody Gardens assistant curator Diane Olsen. "It was an injury we had to keep an eye on, and our staff did a good job taking care of it."

Olsen said she's not completely sure how Watt suffered the injury, a cut on his back, but said it was likely caused by a squabble between the parent and another penguin. Penguins are extremely protective of their young and will fight those that appear to be a threat to their chick.

J.J. Watt is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year and one of the most popular athletes in Houston.  He was drafted by the Texans in 2011 out of Wisconsin, and quickly became known as one of the toughest players in the franchise's history.

Watt the person is 6-foot-5, 295 pounds.  Watt the Penguin is slightly smaller at two kilograms.


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