SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Five penguin chicks graduated from “fish school” and returned to the San Francisco Zoo’s Penguin Island Saturday morning for a graduation march — or waddle.
The Magellanic penguins were hatched on Penguin Island in mid-May. They were removed from the exhibition area when they were about five-weeks old to attend “fish school” at the Avian Conservation Center, zoo officials said.
While at the school, the one female and four male chicks learned to swim and were hand-fed fish by animal-keepers to help them acclimate to people.
The graduates returned to their birthplace Saturday morning to rejoin the zoo’s other penguins, bringing the total number up to 49 — the largest group of Magellanic penguins in North America, according to the zoo.
Zoo members were invited to watch the chicks as they waddled around the island and reunited with the other penguins.
Shortly before the graduation ceremony, zoo officials held a naming contest for zoo members. Participants submitted name suggestions for the female chick. The winner got to go on Penguin Island along with zookeepers.
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