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National Aquarium hatches three baby puffins for first time in one season

Gnocchi, Viola and Willow are the 10th, 11th and 12th pufflings to hatch since breeding began in 2006. (Courtesy video)

The National Aquarium is home to three new puffin chicks.

Gnocchi, Viola and Willow were born this summer on July 6, July 9 and Aug. 10, respectively. Since the aquarium began breeding puffins in 2006, it has not had three hatchlings in a single season.

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The three are the 10th, 11th and 12th puffins to arrive at the aquarium. They will spend more than a month burrowing with their parents and emerge for public viewing after 45 days.

Willow, the most recent puffling to hatch, hatched after a 38-day incubation period and weighted 39 grams. She is her mother Princess' first offspring.

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