By Denise Koch

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore needed some help naming its newest penguin chick, and following a public vote, the name has been chosen.

On the surface, Friday was just another blissful spring day at the Penguin Coast.

The penguins may not have known about the big reveal, but it’s actually a big deal. The zoo’s African penguin breeding program, established in 1968, is the largest in North America and the second largest in the world.

The latest addition is a girl that was born in February.

Thanks to more than 5,000 votes, the penguin has officially been named Millie — short for millennium.

This is the first time any zoo or aquarium in North America has ever hatched 1000 penguins. Since Millie’s birth, another chick has hatched.

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