Temporarily Closed to Humans, Shedd Aquarium Takes Penguins on Field Trip to Meet Other Animals
Thanks to the Chicago aquarium's frequent Twitter updates, viewers at home can follow along with these cute penguin adventures
Here’s a bit of good news amid the coronavirus pandemic!
After the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago temporarily closed to humans to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, caretakers at the aquarium took a group of rockhopper penguins on a tour of the facility’s other exhibits.
“Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals,” the aquarium told the Chicago Tribune. “Introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviors.”
And thanks to the aquarium’s frequent Twitter updates, viewers at home can follow along with these cute penguin adventures.
“Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor,” the aquarium tweeted with a video of Wellington, one of the penguins, waddling around the Amazon exhibit.
Another video shows Edward and Annie, a mating pair of penguins, flapping their flippers and walking around the aquarium’s massive rotunda.
Since they were shared to Twitter on Monday afternoon, the videos have been viewed more than 3 million times.
“Thank you for this bright spot in a tough week!” one user responded.
The Shedd Aquarium will remain closed to the public until March 29, in accordance with a recent mandate by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker limiting crowd sizes to under 50. The governor previously ordered all bars and restaurants in the state to temporarily close.
As of Tuesday morning, there are 105 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune.
In the meantime, animal lovers can get their penguin fix online. The Shedd tweeted that they would be sharing updates of their adorable inhabitants — and yes, “Wellington will return!”
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