Awww: Penguin Chicks Make Aquarium Debut

The born-in-May birds waddled out to the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, to the delight of many.

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A pair of young Magellenic Penguins made their public debut at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on Thursday, Aug. 18.
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The penguin pair, seen here just moments after their public debut, were born on May 18 and May 25, 2016.
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Leaving the nursery for the big penguin habitat is a big deal. Keepers were on hand to make sure all went swimmingly.
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The penguins had a lot of things to check out along the way to their new home.
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Kate and Avery are the parents to one of the new penguins, while the other chick's mom and pop are Patsy and Robbie, a rescue penguin.
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The chicks built up their penguin skills in the nursery. Swimming was mastered, and each learned how "to take hand-fed, whole fish."
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Established residents of the June Keyes Penguin Habitat waddle closer for a peek at the new arrivals.
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Want to try for the chance to name one of the chicks? Take part in the aquarium's Adopt an Animal program for $100 or higher before Sept. 30, and throw your name in the ring (and get two aquarium tickets, too).
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One of the young penguins is seen contemplating taking a dip at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The two newest residents may now be seen by visitors daily at the Long Beach aquatic institution.
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