Chick #23 may not have a name yet, but the tiny fluffball has serious personality

By Maria Yagoda
Updated June 26, 2015 09:25 PM
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On Tuesday, June 9, a star was born: Chick #23, a teacup-sized rockhopper penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) who’s the fluffiest thing you’ll see all week.

While Chick #23 doesn’t yet have a name – nor any discernible sex, at least not for a year – the baby penguin is officially accepting visits at the Polar Play Zone at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL. The chick is a rockhopper, a species listed as “vulnerable” to endangerment by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

The little fluffball, born at 200 grams, should grow to full size in two to three months. For now, let’s enjoy the unbearable cuteness of this tiny penguin.

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