It's been a rough week, hasn't it? So here are some baby penguins, both of whom hatched a little more than two weeks ago at the California Academy of Sciences.
According to the staff at the Academy, the two baby African penguins hatched on November 1 and 4.
The African penguin (which Wikipedia tells us is also known as the "jackass penguin" or the "black-footed penguin") isn't found in great numbers these days — they were were classified as an endangered species in 2010, and it's been projected that they could become completely extinct by 2016.
That's why, says Bart Shepherd, Director of the Academy's Steinhart Aquarium, they've been working hard to increase the African penguin's ranks through its Species Survival Plan program.
"By engaging the public about why sustaining these and other threatened species is so critical, we hope to inspire people around the world to join us by supporting conservation efforts locally and internationally," Shepherd said in a statement.
These two new members of the Academy's waddle (yes, that's what you call a group of penguins) are the second and third to be hatched as part of that program, all of whom have been a result of the union between Academy penguin couple Robben and Ty.
Next up for the chicks, whose genders have yet to be announced by the Academy? A little more nesting with mom and dad, then "fish school," where the two will be trained to swim and to eat from their keeper's hand.
The chicks are expected to join the Academy's colony in late January, at which time you can come by and visit them, and even participate in a contest to choose their names.
But make it to the Cal Academy fast if you want to catch the duo in their baby clothes: they'll stay fluffy and grey for the next few months, but will grow into the smooth, "tux" look you see from grown-up penguins within a year.