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|Photos & video: African penguin chicks take their first swim|
Mystic Aquarium’s African penguin chicks, Purple Red and Purple Gray, took their first swim in the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion on Thursday, May 9.
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Purple Red and Purple Gray hatched on Feb. 1 and Feb. 10, respectively. Mystic Aquarium’s penguins are named by colors that represent numbers. As the 50th and 51st penguins to enter the aquarium’s colony, purple represents the number five, red represents the number zero and gray represents the number one. The chicks’ genders will be determined soon by a DNA test.
Mystic Aquarium participates in the Species Survival Plan, a collaborative breeding program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The African penguin is an endangered species.
Photos: Abigail Pheiffer
Published May 10, 2013
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