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Watch This Blind Rescue Penguin Learn How To Swim

It's a common myth that mother birds will drop their young chicks from their nests to teach them to fly. But why would you do that to a flightless bird?

Blindy is a 12-week-old blue penguin, who was born blind (if the name didn't already give that away), has a crooked beak and a head that's shaped differently from most blue penguins.

Blindy isn't the best swimmer.

Thanks to his caretaker, Shireen Helps, he's getting better, though. A recent video shows Helps tossing Blindy into open water to help him practice his swimming.

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While it may look like her methods are sink or swim, Helps reports that Blindy is a much more confident swimmer than he was before.

You don't have to worry about Blindy. He doesn't just manage to float. The video shows him swimming around and getting comfortable with the water.

Along with her husband, Helps owns and operates Pohatu Penguins in Flea Bay, New Zealand, where she's rehabilitated wildlife for over 30 years.

In an interview with Metro, Helps said it is unlikely Blindy will ever be able to live on his own in the wild. In her opinion, the best option would be for him to live where someone could care for him, such as at a sanctuary or even a zoo.

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There are over 2,500 penguins living in Flea Bay. In a time when penguin populations in the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica are being threatened by a changing climate and conflict with humans, those numbers are a relatively good sign.