CHICAGO (CBS) — After careful consideration and testing the waters, a nervous baby penguin at the Shedd Aquarium reached a milestone in his life Thursday.
He waddled in and took his very first swim, a natural but important step for the penguin, and three other baby chicks who had their first swims at the Shedd.READ MORE: With 6 Children And Teens Shot And 1 Killed In Chicago Within Hours This Week, Youth Mentor Says Action Is Needed Now
The four new Magellanic penguin chicks were born in late April and May, according to the Shedd. They recently fledged their fluffy feathers for juvenile waterproof feathers to prepare for the swim.READ MORE: 2 Illinois Brothers, Cousin Charged With Taking Part In Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol Insurrection
The chicks have been reaching other developmental milestones such as eating fish, socializing and exploring new spaces around the aquarium.MORE NEWS: Body Camera Video Shows Shootout With University Of Chicago Police Officer That Left Man Critically Wounded In Hyde Park
The aquarium has not yet determined the birds’ sexes but will share any potential naming plans once determined.