Photo: shedd_aquarium/Twitter

Chicago Aquarium Lets Penguins Meet Other Animals During Coronavirus Closure

Chicago News
by Eben Diskin Mar 16, 2020

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is one of the many popular attractions around the country currently closed because of the coronavirus, but for the aquarium’s penguins, that closure came with a silver lining. Since the building is devoid of guests, staff let rockhopper penguins leave their habitat to explore the rest of the aquarium.

In this video posted to Twitter, one penguin (named Wellington) can be seen checking out fish in the Amazon exhibit.

In a tweet, the aquarium said, “Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor.”

The aquarium told the Chicago Tribune, “Without guests in the building, caretakers 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 behaviors.”

We might be eager to return to our daily routines, but the penguins seem to be enjoying the current situation. The aquarium is planning to close until at least March 29.

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