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    Penguin chicks take their first swim

    Assistant supervisor of penguins Josh Davis splashes water Wednesday, May 25, 2022, as he encourages three African penguin chicks to swim for the first time in the habitat at the Mystic Aquarium. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

    Mystic — Three African penguin chicks explored their habitat for the first time Wednesday at the Mystic Aquarium.

    The three chicks, Black/Red, Black/Grey and Black/Yellow, hatched in February. They spent about five minutes exploring the habitat before timidly entering the water for the first time, thanks to some encouragement from trainers and introduction of adult birds.

    Before this point, they have spent time in the aquarium's research facilities and have been introduced to other penguins and shallow bodies of water such as kiddie pools.

    The aquarium works with more than 50 other facilities on the African Penguin Species Survival Plan, as it is an endangered species, to breed animals for educational purposes as well as species survival.

    A rubber duck is thrown into the water as three African penguin chicks explore their habitat for the first time Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at the Mystic Aquarium. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Senior trainer Aimee Sugrue plays in the water Wednesday, May 25, 2022, as two African penguin chicks swim for the first time in the habitat at the Mystic Aquarium. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    An African penguin chicks swims in the habitat for the first time alongside an adult penguin Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at the Mystic Aquarium. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Senior trainer Bridget Cronin drops water Wednesday, May 25, 2022, as she introduces an African penguin chick to its habitat for the first time at the Mystic Aquarium. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Assistant supervisor of penguins Josh Davis looks on as an African penguin chick shakes off after swimming for the first time Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in the habitat at the Mystic Aquarium. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    From left, assistant supervisor of penguins Josh Davis and senior trainers Bridget Cronin and Aimee Sugrue introduce three African penguin chicks to their habitat for the first time Wednesday May 25, 2022, at the Mystic Aquarium. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

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