African penguins make first public show at Mystic


MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Three little chicks made their first public appearance at Mystic Aquarium Tuesday.

The little African penguins took their first dip in the water this morning. All three chicks were hatched back in January at the aquarium.

The oldest chick was born on Jan. 23, the next chick hatched two days later, and the last little guy came on Jan. 27.

They spent the first 13 weeks of life huddled around their parents to stay warm. Officials at the aquarium say the chicks couldn’t have done a better job on their first swim.

“They did great. They’ve been the quickest chicks to get in the water in many years,” Laurie Macha said. “I think it’s the quickest yet. Usually it takes a little prodding and coaxing from us but these three went in one right after the other.”

Mystic Aquarium is a part of the African Penguin Species Survival Plan, and they plan to breed many more penguins. Some will stay at Mystic and others will go to other zoos and aquariums across the state.

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