When it comes to water, penguins aren't naturals.
"Some of them are terrified," says Bethany Wlaz, a keeper at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
So each time African penguins are born into the zoo's breeding program for the endangered birds, someone like Wlaz becomes their swimming coach. But first comes the introduction to being wet.
Soft as a cotton ball and about the size of a roasted chicken, Male One — hatched on Oct. 12 — is lowered into a stainless steel sink by Wlaz and Betty Dipple, another animal keeper.
"Araaah," the bird protests, as a stream of lukewarm water washes over its head and flippers. "Araaah."
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