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Over the last several months, Mystic Aquarium’s animal care team has been hard at work tending to four new additions to the African penguin colony. Born in December 2015 and January 2016, the four African penguin chicks continue to achieve important milestones of their development.
Back on April 7, the oldest of the four African penguin chicks in Mystic Aquarium’s colony, Purple/Purple and Purple/Black, took the plunge; enjoying their first swim.
On Thursday, April 21 at 10:30am, Purple/Brown and Purple/Silver, born on January 13 and 28, respectively, will embark on their first swim.
Purple/Brown is the offspring of Blue/Purple (mother) and Grey/Silver (father). Purple/Silver is the offspring of Red/Silver (mother) and Red/Brown (father).
African penguins are hatched with soft, downy feathers. During the fledgling period, chicks shed their down and grow their waterproof juvenile feathers; indicating their readiness for the water. While penguin chicks tend to float very well, they must learn to dive and navigate using their wings and feet.
Once the chicks hone their instinctual swimming skills, they will slowly be introduced to the Aquarium’s 31 adult penguins and establish their place within the colony. You will continue to see the activities of the two younger pair and sometimes even all four chicks on the live webcam until this acclimation process begins.
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