PHOTOS: Aquarium helps rescue abandoned baby penguins

SOUTH AFRICA -- Three members of the Shedd Aquarium's Animal Response Team traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to help rescue endangered South African penguin chicks.

Shedd officials said hundreds of these baby penguins are abandoned by their parents each year. For the fourth time, members of the aquarium's staff teamed up with experts and volunteers from SANCCOB to help care for those chicks.

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SANCCOB is a non-profit that rescues injured, abandoned or oiled seabirds, rehabilitates them and releases them back into the wild, in an effort to reverse the decline of seabird populations.

The Shedd's team arrived in South Africa on Friday. Check out the progress they have made so far in the gallery above and the video below:


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