Video: Little Penguins Invade the Bronx Zoo

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These are the smallest of all penguins. Wildlife Conservation Society / Bronx Zoo

Do you like penguins? Do you like tiny penguins? If so, then you're in for a treat. The Bronx Zoo just got 24 little penguins (Eudyptula minor), also known as blue or fairy penguins. It's only the third facility in the United States to host a population of them.

These birds, which stay small their whole lives—growing to an average height of 13 inches and weighing about 3 pounds—were hatched in Australia and came to the United States as part of a breeding program. Populations of little penguins are in decline, although they aren't currently considered threatened with extinction.

They are found in Australia and New Zealand, and they make nests on rocks or sand by the shore. The small birds mainly eat small fish and squid.

The little penguins can now be seen in a special exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. Jim Breheny of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo, says the animals are acclimating well to their new home and are "quite a sight to see," according to the AP.

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