Restaurants, bars and even aquariums are being shut down around the world due to the coronavirus outbreak.
These measures, although strict, are absolutely necessary, but they have, however, raised concerns for many and people are now trying to find ways to get through these uncertain times.
Therefore, one aquarium has decided to bring some joy to our world today and they have filmed their penguins out on a stroll visiting other animals during the aquarium shutdown.
The penguins from Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, were allowed to roam free around the aquarium and visit other animals they normally don’t have a chance to see.
The aquarium said in a statement:
While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome you to the aquarium during this time, we are closing out of an abundance of caution and to do our part in the social distancing efforts to help stop the further spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
As part of preventative measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Shedd Aquarium will be temporarily closed for the next two weeks.
More information: https://t.co/uQJ7k2On33
In the meantime, let us know what animal updates you want! 👇 pic.twitter.com/6DA0P5KQb0
— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 13, 2020
Our dedicated caretakers and veterinarians will continue to provide the highest standards of professional care and welfare for our animals on site.
Aquarium is not available for public visits, but the animals are being properly taken care of and have even been given an opportunity to go on a ‘field trip’ and meet their other friends.
One rockhopper penguin, a male named Wellington, was seen in footage posted to the aquarium’s Twitter enjoying a tour of the aquarium as he gazed at the fish swimming in the Amazon Rising exhibit.
Edward and Annie, a pair of bonded rockhopper penguins which means that they are together for nesting season were seen on a stroll around aquarium, and like a true couple, they never left each other’s side.
The thought behind this, as the Aquarium said ‘this may be a strange time for us, these days feel normal for animals at Shedd’, adding: ‘Our caregivers are constantly providing new experiences for the animals to explore and express their natural behaviours with.’
You can follow the adventures of Wellington, Edward, and Annie from Shedd Aquarium on Twitter.