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This Baby Rockhopper Penguin Is The Cutest

Just a little baby bundle of feathers!

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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.

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.


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

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!

Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium

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

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 / Via Sam Cejtin / Shedd Aquarium