Drop everything and check out these adorable Humboldt penguin chicks that recently hatched at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!
The first little boy penguin is currently in the care of foster parents Ava and Gunter, while his little brother is being cared for by first-time foster parents Tressel and Watson.
Now at just over a month old, the chicks are fledging the nest, taking swimming lessons, and learning to eat fish from Zoo animal care experts.
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The biological parents for both chicks are Hans and Katja. At over 20 years old, both Hans and Katja have surpassed the median life expectancy for penguins, and by moving the eggs to another nest with foster parents, it allows the younger foster parents to gain experience raising chicks while also not committing the older parents to tireless work feeding and caring for a chick, the Zoo says.
The naming opportunity for these penguin chicks will be auctioned during our upcoming Wine for Wildlife event to benefit the numerous conservation projects that the Zoo supports!