An aquarium in Weymouth has become the first in Europe to successfully breed fairy penguins - the world’s smallest penguin species.
The chicks were successfully bred at Sea Life in Weymouth, the first of their kind to hatch in Europe.
The six fairy penguins, who are also known as little penguins, were born to a colony that was rehomed at the Dorset centre when their sanctuary in Australia had to close.
The chicks will grow to an average of 33cm in height and 43cm in length.
Watch video footage of the newly-hatched chicks:
The eldest chick - whose sex is still unknown - was born in December and had to be kept in an incubator for a number of weeks.
It has been nicknamed Thumper, because it developed the unusual habit of stamping its feet when hungry for food.
Having grown its waterproof feathers, it recently joined the adult colony on ‘Fairy Penguin Island’ for the first time.
The other baby penguins are expected to make the move in the next few weeks.