On the 15th of August, while the country was immersed in celebrating Independence Day, with all the fervour, a new first happened. 

A healthy baby Humboldt penguin was born in India, at Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan Zoo, in Mumbai. 

Here, lookie. What cuteness.

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Born to Humboldt mummy and daddy penguins, "Mr Molt" and "Flipper", this yet-to-be-named teensy hatched at 8:02 PM. 

"I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy."

Dr. Sanjay Tripathi, the Zoo Director, said-

“The egg hatched at 08.02pm on August 15. It appeared to be active and the mother was trying to feed it too." 

According to DNA, eight Humboldt penguins – comprising of three males and five females – were brought to India, from Seoul in South Korea, on July 26 2016. 

One of them, Dory, a female penguin, unfortunately died of a bacterial infection.

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The Head Veterinarian of the zoo, Dr Madhumita Kale, said they are keeping a constant check on parent's health.

The zoo has a special chilled enclosure, spread across 1,700 sqft, where the temperature, as low as 16-18 degrees, is constantly maintained.

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We wish for the health of this lil happy feet, our very own Pingu. All the 'awwws', you cuteness.