Environment & Science

Long Beach's most adorable new residents are two baby penguins

Rescued Magellanic Penguins from South America waddle in their enclosure at the new June Keys Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, on May 16, 2012, during a press preview one day ahead of the opening of a new exhibit highlighting the environmental threats faced by these animals. Penguins have existed on our planet for more than 50 million years but current environmental issues such as climate change and overfishing threaten their survival. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)
Rescued Magellanic Penguins from South America waddle in their enclosure at the new June Keys Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, on May 16, 2012, during a press preview one day ahead of the opening of a new exhibit highlighting the environmental threats faced by these animals. Penguins have existed on our planet for more than 50 million years but current environmental issues such as climate change and overfishing threaten their survival. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

The Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating a pair of newly hatched Magellanic penguins.

Bird keepers tell the Los Angeles Daily News the chicks hatched in late May in the Long Beach aquarium. They were born to a pair of Magellanic penguins that were rescued off Brazil's coast five years ago.

The chicks are learning how to swim in shallow pools before they can join the rest of the colony. Since they're so young, it's not known yet if they're male or female. The chicks are expected to make their public debut next month.