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Penguins Let Out Of Enclosure To Visit Animal Friends After Zoo Shuts Down Due To COVID-19

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Penguins Let Out Of Enclosure To Visit Animal Friends After Zoo Shuts Down Due To COVID-19
Twitter/Shedd Aquarium

Fun day out for the little guys.


The current COVID-19 situation has caused companies and public spaces to close down (bye bye, Disneyland) and in some serious cases, total city lockdowns in countries like Italy and China.

An indoor aquarium in Chicago decided to make full use of the total shut down by literally letting their penguins out for a walk.

Warning: this is one extremely cute post, so please make sure you don't go 'aww' too loud to avoid disturbing your work-from-home neighbour(s).

Time for a field trip!

After the Shedd Aquarium was forced to close down to curb the spread of the virus, the aquarium staff decided to let their adorable residents roam around to visit their other animal friends.

The aquarium shared several videos on their Twitter account, showing three penguins checking out exhibits as well as other animals from the other side of the glass.

Wellington, a rockhopper penguin who happens to be the oldest in the aquarium, had the most fun time checking out the aquarium's Amazon Rising exhibit:
 
Meanwhile, a pair of bonded rockhopper penguins named Annie and Edward decided to visit their shark and stingray friends:
 
Annie and Edward eventually ended up at the information counter, presumably to ask where they can get some mid-day snacks?
 
According to the aquarium, the staff at the aquarium are "getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals."

"Introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviours."

Thank you for letting the penguins out, you guys! We hope the little ones had the most awesome day.

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