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Watch as penguin chicks go swimming for the first time

Magellanic penguins Dwight and Jim enjoyed their first swim at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Washington, United States.


(Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/PA)

(Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/PA)

(Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/PA)

Penguin chicks Dwight and Jim have enjoyed their very first swimming session at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Washington.

A video clip posted by the US zoo shows the pair being lowered into a swimming pool by keepers and splashing about as they got used to the water.

Posting a video of the fun, the zoo said: “Penguin chicks Dwight and Jim went swimming for the first time yesterday!”

The zoo said: “They adorably dived and splashed around their private pool behind the scenes as penguin keepers kept a close eye on the two cuties.”

The chicks, rare Magellanic penguins native to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil, were born in May to mother Yellow and father Orange.

At the time, senior staff biologist Amanda Shaffer said: “Yellow and Orange are very attentive parents. The parents take turns brooding the chicks, keeping them warm with special patches on their abdomens that allow the chicks contact with their skin.”

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