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Shedd’s Newest Penguin Chicks Have Names — And You Can Finally See Them

The chicks met key milestones, like swimming and eating a full fish for the first time, before joining their colony at the aquarium.

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CHICAGO — The Shedd Aquarium’s four newest penguin chicks have been named — and you can finally see them waddling around.

The Magellanic chicks were born in May. They recently joined the full colony of penguins and were named, according to a Shedd news release.

The four chicks:

  • Porter, a male, was named in honor of Mary Porter Shedd, the wife of the aquarium’s founder.
  • Popi, a male, was named after Pablo “Popi” Garcia Borboroglu, who founded the Global Penguin Society.
  • Sir Elio, a male.
  • Dee, a female, was named after Dee Boersma, a professor and founder of the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels.

The chicks met key milestones, like swimming and eating a full fish for the first time, before joining their colony at the aquarium, according to the Shedd.

Guests who go to the aquarium can see the chicks, who have slightly lighter gray feathers than the other penguins, in the Polar Play Zone, according to the Shedd. The aquarium is also offering virtual penguin encounters.

The aquarium is open, but it has new safety rules due to the coronavirus pandemic. Visitors must buy a ticket online or by calling 312-939-2438 before going to the aquarium.

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