WATCH Penguins Released From Their Exhibits To Roam Free In The Hallway Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Businesses and public places across the world have been closed down to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus. Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is no different and is not allowing any visitors. So what happens to all of the animals while everyone is stuck at home?
Staff members are providing round the clock care for all of the animals. They still have their normal feeding times and even celebrate their birthdays. Some of the animals are even being let out of their exhibits for field trips around the aquarium.
The Penguins Got To Take A Look Around The Aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium posted videos on Twitter of their penguins walking around the empty aquarium. They got to look at the other exhibits, and one penguin, Wellington, marveled at the sea otters.
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On Twitter, the Shedd Aquarium said that Wellington, a 32-year-old rockhopper penguin, has lived past double his life expectancy. And it seems like he is still amazed at the other animal’s exhibits around him. His cataracts help him see the other animals better.
People have been very appreciative of the Shedd Aquarium for posting such positive and cute videos of their animals. One comment on Wellington’s video read “So thankful for these daily tweets.” Another comment read “Your videos are the only thing getting me through this stressful time please keep posting,” which is no doubt a reference to the stress and strain that the coronavirus outbreak has put on people all over the world.
The Penguins Aren’t The Only Ones Taking Field Trips
The porcupines are also being let out of their exhibits to go on field trips around the aquarium. People on Twitter were freaking out when the Shedd Aquarium posted the following tweet of a porcupine named Tyson nibbling on a biscuit.
One Twitter user wrote “Please continue posting these little videos of the animals visiting each other, having adventures, or otherwise relaxing. Your work is highly appreciated and I thank you.”
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The Canadian Geese Are Practicing “Social Distancing”
Another tweet showed that outside of the aquarium, the Canadian Geese were practicing their social distancing. They kept a good distance apart as they chased each other. This is a parody of the suggestion to increase the physical distance between people to help slow down the spread of coronavirus.
And for some even lighter news, a bunch of baby seahorses were born on March 19 at the aquarium fittingly on the first day of spring. One comment jokingly read “Tell them to stay 6 feet apart! Lol.”
In these difficult times, it is important for videos like these to keep us smiling. If you enjoy them, you can also take virtual field trips at home from zoos across the world to get a glimpse at some amazing creatures.