The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore hit a very cute and fuzzy milestone this month: the hatching of its 1,000th African penguin chick.
It’s the first time a zoo or aquarium has reached such a feat, the Maryland Zoo said in a release Thursday. The monumental chick was hatched on Feb. 13 — the 13th to hatch there this breeding season.
“The chick, whose gender will not be known for several weeks, will stay behind-the-scenes in the Penguin Conservation Center for a few months until its juvenile feathers have grown in and it passes swimming lessons,” Jen Kottyan, avian collection and conservation manager, said the release. “Yes, we do have to teach them to swim, but they get used to the water quickly!”
The Maryland Zoo is home to the largest colony of African penguins in North America.