Teacup-sized penguin chicks going to fish school
Teacup-sized penguin chicks going to fish school California Academy of Sciences veterinarians examine one of two African penguin chicks in San Francisco (AP photos)
Teacup-sized penguin chicks going to fish school
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Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences. The academy is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

The gray, fluffy chicks hatched just days apart. One was born on November 1 and the other on November 4. They are nesting with their parents, a spokesperson for the academy said.

The chicks are each the size of a tea cup. They will go through "fish school" to become good swimmers. They need to get comfortable with eating hand-fed fish. Once they are ready, they will join the penguin colony on exhibit. That could happen in late January.

The academy's two chicks are the second and third to be hatched as part of its Species Survival Plan program. In January 2013, the academy hatched its first chick. This was when the academy moved into its new Golden Gate Park facility in 2008.

African penguins were classified as an endangered species in 2010. They are at high risk of extinction in the wild.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/junior/teacup-sized-penguin-chicks-going-fish-school/

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COMMENTS (13)
  • KoobMoovL-Saw
    4/27/2015 - 02:14 p.m.

    I never thought a penguin can be that small.I wish I have one too now as a pet.

  • ellaholick-bak
    10/06/2015 - 08:31 p.m.

    they are so cute!I wish I had one as my pet!

  • sydneys-buh
    11/12/2016 - 05:55 p.m.

    I feel bad that African penguins used too be a endangered specie and I really want to learn more abut fish school

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