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Penguin chick takes first swim

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A baby penguin has waddled its way to a new milestone at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

The aquarium's newest Magellanic penguin chick has left the nest at three months old, and got a chance to test its underwater wings for the first time.

The chick, hatched on May 12th, has spent the last few months behind the scenes, learning from its mom and dad and interacting with animal care staff and other adult penguins. Nearly the size of its parents now, the chick made its public debut in the "Polar Play Zone" to the delight of visitors who can identify it from other penguins by its lighter-colored feathers.

The chick recently shed its fluffy, baby feathers, replacing them with the waterproof, adult feathers that allowed the young bird to learn how to swim and dive underwater. It will be a year before the chick has its full adult plumage.

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