Like many museums across the globe, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Determined to make the best of it, staff seized the opportunity, letting some precious penguins out for a little field trip! Discover the adorable story below!
The Penguins’ Special Field Trip
While the rest of us stay inside and practice social distancing, the penguins at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium have enjoyed their human-free time! Not only did the little penguins enjoy multiple field trips, but they’ve also made some new friends along the way. Luckily, for the rest of us, staff members filmed the occasion and shared it online, making millions smile when they needed it most.
In the video, the excited and curious penguins hop down some stairs, following their caretakers around. First, they waddle through the main lobby on their way to different exhibits. Meanwhile, the aquatic birds are clearly having the time of their lives, checking out their surroundings and quacking constantly. Of course, the penguins adored their newfound freedom. However, it certainly seemed like the penguins felt most curious about the fish in the Amazon exhibit! “The fish also seemed interested in their unusual visitor,” the aquarium wrote in a tweet.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, the caretakers shared its essential for them to provide enrichment to the animals, as well as “introduce new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviors.”
So who did these little penguins meet? Well, they met a variety of fish, some eels, and also some dolphins! As you might imagine, people simply adored the videos! As of this writing, the videos have racked up more than a million views and thousands of comments. Many online users thanked the aquarium for sharing and uploading the videos and making hundreds of thousands of people smile all over the globe, especially in this time of need.
Unfortunately, the aquarium will remain closed for now, following Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s order that all non-essential businesses close to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, while it’s sad, its incredibly important that everyone follows these health orders. Thankfully, we can all rely on videos like those released by the Shedd Aquarium to get us through!
Wishing you could help those stricken or out of work because of the coronavirus? Well, thankfully, you don’t need an aquarium! There are many fantastic ways to help, from the safety of your own home. Meanwhile, stay safe and healthy!