2 penguin chicks wobble onto scene at MN Zoo - KMSP-TV

2 penguin chicks wobble onto scene at MN Zoo

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APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (KMSP) -

Two new penguin chicks wobbled their way onto public display at the Minnesota Zoo on Wednesday morning.

Born on March 2 and 21, the baby boys spent several months behind the scenes as they matured, but at 9 a.m., they were ready to make their societal debut.

Both are endangered African penguins and will now join their elders inside the 3M Penguins of the African Coast exhibit.

The oldest chick weighs in at just under seven pounds. He has an affinity for swimming and is very comfortable in the water. He also particularly enjoys following the zookeepers around.

The youngest chick is about six pounds and is a bit more timid than his counterpart, but he's slowly learning to enjoy the water. He is already attempting to "bray" like an adult penguin, which means he makes a noise that sounds like a gull and a squeaky toy, according to zoo experts.

Zookeepers say the two act like siblings and are now eating the same size fish as the adults. When fully grown, they'll be approximately 26-28 inches tall and weigh between six and nine pounds.

African penguins live and nest on the southwest coast of Africa, feeding primarily on anchovies, sardines, herring and pelagic goby.

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