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This Baby Rockhopper Penguin Is The Cutest

Just a little baby bundle of feathers!

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"Hello World!" Meet the newest addition to the Shedd Aquarium family, this little rockhopper penguin who hatched on June 9, 2015.

Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium

This handful of joy, also known as #23 for now, was welcomed to this world by parents Edward and Annie.

Sam Cejtin / Shedd Aquarium

Weighing only 200 grams, #23 won't be teeny for long. Penguins grow very quickly and Baby Rockhopper will be full grown in two to three months!

"I believe I can fly..."
Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium

"I believe I can fly..."

Rockhopper penguins don't show any observable differences between sexes, so our friends at Shedd Aquarium will have to wait a year to find out if their chick is a boy or girl.

"The chick doesn't have a gender", says a press release from the aquarium. When the penguin turns one, they will be able to use genetic testing to determine if #23 is male or female.
Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium

"The chick doesn't have a gender", says a press release from the aquarium. When the penguin turns one, they will be able to use genetic testing to determine if #23 is male or female.

Baby Rockhopper gets routine feedings and check-ups daily, to ensure the little buddy is living its best life!

Sam Cejtin / Shedd Aquarium

Rockhopper penguins are listed as vulnerable to becoming endangered, so Baby Rockhopper plans on being an adorable ambassador for the species.

Members of Shedd's animal care team are responsible for rescuing over 500 penguin chicks in South Africa. They're doing amazing work, and penguins everywhere are dancing in celebration!
Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Members of Shedd's animal care team are responsible for rescuing over 500 penguin chicks in South Africa. They're doing amazing work, and penguins everywhere are dancing in celebration!

Ambassador is an easy job when you're cute -- this chick already knows how to work that camera!

"As the penguins of Madagascar say: Smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave."
Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium

"As the penguins of Madagascar say: Smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave."

Being a conservation superhero and professional cutie are all in a day's work for Baby Rockhopper!

Sam Cejtin / Shedd Aquarium

And boy, can being cute get tiring!

To see more cuteness, check out this video or hop on over to the Shedd Aquarium to give Baby Rockhopper a visit!

View this video on YouTube

youtube.com / Via Sam Cejtin / Shedd Aquarium

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