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Your morning adorable: Little penguin chick hatches at Cincinnati Zoo

February 3, 2011 | 11:59 am

Little Peguin

One of the youngest residents of the Cincinnati Zoo is also, perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the cutest. A little penguin -- the name of an actual species, not just a phrase to describe its diminutive stature -- hatched there on Jan. 11 and was photographed during a checkup and weigh-in last week.

The chick weighs about a quarter of a pound now, and even when fully grown it will only weigh about 2 pounds or so. It's being raised by keepers, who feed it at two-hour intervals starting at 6 a.m. each day, aviculturist Cody Sowers wrote on the zoo's blog. When it's older, it'll join the adult little penguins in an enclosure at the zoo's section for children.

Little penguins, also called blue penguins or fairy penguins, are native to the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand. To date, 22 little penguins have been hatched at the Cincinnati Zoo. See video of the newest chick after the jump!

Your morning adorable: Little penguins North and South are released in Australia
Your morning adorable: Gentoo penguin chick flaps his wings as if trying to fly

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Al Behrman / Associated Press

Video: Cincinnati Zoo

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