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National Aquarium Announces Birth of Two Puffin Chicks


The National Aquarium has welcomed two new Atlantic puffin chicks to their Sea Cliffs exhibit.

The new puffin chick, Penne, is the first puffin chick to parents Virgo and Staypuft. Virgo and Staypuft welcomed their first puffin chick on July 6.

Veteran puffin parents, Victor and Vixen, welcomed their fifth chick, Valjean, on July 11.

Penne and Valjean are the sixth and seventh puffin chicks to successfully hatch in the National Aquarium’s Sea Cliffs exhibit since 2006. Atlantic puffins generally lay one egg and raise one chick a year.

The two young puffins will remain in their burrows, which mimic the deep burrows that puffins typically use in the wild, for the next 40 or more days. Afterwards, the two new puffin chicks will begin to explore life outside the burrow by making short exploratory trips to the Aquarium’s puffin exhibit.

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