Thursday, 3 June 2010

Baby Penguins have their first swim!

Today was the day for the three largest of this year's Humboldt Penguin chicks to have their first swim in the 'big pool' (as opposed to paddling in their shallow pool close-by!)

These images show how quickly the youngsters have grown - having only hatched approximately 12-13 weeks ago!

Note the fluffy down on the youngster's neck - all this has to fall out before they're released to join the adults on a full-time basis -probably in 3-4 weeks time.

The other images below show Dippy eyeing out one of the babes, and Jake Cousins, one of the Animal Keepers, throwing one of the youngsters into the pool for his first ever swim!

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