The Real Chicks of Central Park

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Baby's Firsts

by Pink Dot

This is me and my sibling, Orange—fast friends since Day 1.
In the beginning, we drank our food like human babies do. Our keepers called it the fish-shake diet.
There comes a point when you're ready to move on to bigger, more solid things. That's how it went with the transition to chopped-up fish.
Our keepers' eyes grew big each time we hopped onto the scale—we penguins grow up (and fill out) pretty fast.
It wasn't long before we were ready to move on from chopped fish to handfuls of whole fish.
The keepers paired us up by age, so we all had a buddy roughly the same size as us. Chinstraps and gentoos unite!
Nobody remembers their first doctor's visit with glee...but when the doctor is Paul Calle, it ain't so bad.
First feathers! The waterproof feathers gradually replace the down we hatch with, so you know what's coming...
Yep, swim time. This is from our first day in the big pool with the rest of the colony.
The Real Chicks are now on exhibit, and proud of it.

How many "firsts" can you remember—first day of school? First friend? First date? Being birds, our babyhood went by in the blink of an eye, but those early milestones are etched in our memories. In fact I'm getting misty just thinking about all those landmark moments. Check this slideshow out to relive them with me.

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