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African penguin chicks make their zoo debut

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Two African penguin chicks have joined the rest of the waddle at the Minnesota Zoo after being raised behind-the-scenes over the last few months.

The Pioneer Press reports both male penguin chicks, born March 2 and March 21, made their first appearances at the 3M Penguins of the African Coast Exhibit Wednesday morning.

The new arrivals shouldn't be too difficult to point out. They won't take on their tuxedo look for about 18 months, the Star Tribune noted. In the meantime, the chicks have a fluffier, dark gray exterior.

Like most other penguin species, African penguins are endangered in the wild. The zoo said oil spills, historical hunting and destruction of their habitat have killed 80 percent of the population in the last 50 years.

The zoo has more photos of the chicks on their Facebook page.

Here's video from shortly after the second chick was born.

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