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These Penguin Chicks Are Nailing Their First Swimming Lesson

It's not even summer yet, but Opus and Moshi, the two newest penguin chicks at the Dallas Zoo, have started their swimming lessons.


It's not even summer yet, but the two newest penguin chicks at the Dallas Zoo have started their swimming lessons.

 

The African black-footed penguins, Opus and Moshi, tried swimming for the first time in the zoo's penguin habitat last week.

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Keepers in waders stood watch to make sure the little ones didn't get into too much trouble.

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Opus and Moshi were born three days apart in December to parents Tazo and Tulip. Both chicks weighed less than 3 ounces at birth but have now reached 6 pounds, according to Dallas News.

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They've only just shed their downy chick feathers, which they showed off in a video earlier this month:

 

The brother and sister pair follow in the webbed footsteps of their older twin brothers, Mario and Adelaar, who learned how to swim last year. Their older sister, Marina, was the first of the zoo's five chicks.

 

She also walks just like the hunched-over witch who gives Snow White the poisoned apple.

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African penguins, also known as jackass penguins, mate for life and lay only two eggs at a time. In the wild, they also dig burrows out of guano (read: bird droppings). We'd take the swimming lessons over the poop caves too.

 

Watch the full video of the penguin chicks' swimming lessons below.

 

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