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This penguin is teaching kids it's OK to be different | Get Uplifted

Rosie the penguin is inspiring others at an aquarium in Arizona.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A penguin in Arizona is using what makes her unique to help others.

Rosie is a 2-year-old African penguin inspiring others at the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Rosie was born with skeletal abnormalities that weakened her body. So her caregivers at the aquarium built a special sling to help her learn to walk.

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"We knew very early in Rosie's development that she was a little different," one zoo worker told a room full of kids. "Has anybody in this group ever felt different? I know I have."

Rosie's caregivers say her sweet shuffle is used to teach kids that "different" really means "awesome."

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