Watch Penguins Go on a "Field Trip" Throughout Chicago Aquarium Amid Closure

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is temporarily closed to the public—but not to these penguins. See videos of the adorable animals exploring the exhibits here

By Elyse Dupre Mar 17, 2020 1:40 PMTags
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The Shedd Aquarium is temporarily closed to the public—but not to these penguins.

The Chicago organization's official social media accounts posted videos of the adorable animals going on a "field trip to meet other animals at Shedd."

For instance, one penguin named Wellington checked out the fishes in the "Amazon Rising" exhibit. Another cute creature named Monte stopped by the "Polar Play Zone" to look at a few dolphins. The Shedd Aquarium noted some of the other animals "seemed interested in their unusual visitors," too.

But that's not all. Penguins Edward and Annie went for a walk through the rotunda.

"They are a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins, which means they are together for nesting season," the Shedd Aquarium explained. "Every spring is nesting season for the penguins here at Shedd, and this year is no different! Next week, penguins, including Edward and Annie, will begin to build their nests." 

The Shedd Aquarium promised to provide "nesting coverage," as well.

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In addition, the organization shed some light on how its caregivers are continuing to look after the animals during this time.

"While right now is strange to us, it's a normal day for the penguins and other animals at Shedd," one post read. "Our caregivers are constantly providing new activities, experiences, food and more to allow the animals to express natural behaviors."

The Shedd Aquarium temporarily closed "out of an abundance of caution" and to do its "part in the social distancing efforts to help stop the further spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)."

Several other aquariums, zoos and museums have temporarily closed over coronavirus concerns, as well. Many theme parks, including Disneyland, have also temporarily closed. In addition, many movie releases have been postponed and several TV shows have suspended live studio audiences.

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