I'll be honest: It was a little nerve-wracking. We worked so hard to raise these chicks and make sure that they would integrate with the rest of the colony. And they did! But, like my colleague says here, the day we watched the chicks go out on exhibit was a lot like sending the kids off to their first day of school.
Raising baby penguins may sound like fun and games, but it's no easy job. Things can get messy, the nursery is freezing cold, and eight chicks eat an awful lot of fish each day. (Never mind the job of cutting up all those herring into bite-sized pieces!)