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Cute penguin chick takes his first steps

June 30th, 2020

Human babies always make people go “aww,” and it’s no different from their furry counterparts in the wild. There are plenty of adorable baby animals, and it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll just sweep everyone off their feet with their cuteness.

One of the animals that consistently ranks as the ‘cutest’ is the penguin, and here is the reason why.

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There are plenty of penguin stuffed toys that you can find in toy stores, and they are even featured a lot in children’s animated movies, like Happy Feet or Penguins of Madagascar. The reason why these flightless birds are so popular is simply because they’re adorable. If adult penguins are considered adorable, how much cuter are their babies?

Before getting to penguin babies, let’s take a look at how penguins take care of their chicks at the earliest stages.

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Preparing for a penguin chick’s independence in the freezing white desert takes a lot of hard work from the parents. The male penguins keep the egg beneath a warm pouch of skin to incubate it, and when it hatches, they still have to keep it huddled near them for protection.

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However, the parents know when it’s time to teach their chick how to be independent, and this is true for these baby penguins who have yet to leave from his parent’s side.

Witness this wholesome moment of a baby penguin learning how to walk.

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In a BBC documentary series called the Snow Chick, a team recorded a chick who was yet to start learning how to use its feet, and it was Kate Winslet who narrated the excerpt.

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In the footage, you can see the parent encouraging its chick by slowly introducing it to the patch of ice. As the chick finally put its own feet on the ground, it became a newfound experience for him. Although, it seemed that the baby penguin was still having a hard time getting used to using its own feet to walk.

The baby penguin also experienced his first fall as he was practicing.

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While the chick was in the process of learning, it was natural for it to have a slip or two. As the chick fell on the ice, his parent immediately went to help him regain his balance by making its body a wall for the chick to lean against until he could finally stand upright.

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The chick was wailing after his first fall but the parent showed a little tough love as it was necessary for their survival. After a few pecks and pushes, the chick finally found himself waddling on the snow separated by his parent.

After that, it was time to find new friends.

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Since emperor penguins are used to being in a colony, the youngling should socialize with most of the younger members of the colony to assure survival. According to Pets on Mom, the parents leave their young in a group of chicks called a creche, which is supervised by other penguins in the colony. That way, they can all go and gather hunting experience and grow up to be strong adults in the future.

If you’d like to see the adorable baby penguin’s first steps, check the video out below!

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Source: Youtube/John Downer Productions

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