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An aquarium that shut down due to coronavirus let the penguins roam free and explore on their own

An aquarium that shut down due to coronavirus let the penguins roam free and explore on their own

"Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals," the aquarium officials said.

With new restrictions imposed after the outbreak of the coronavirus, several companies are shutting down and letting their employees self-isolate themselves. Now, even the animals at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago are also getting a day off.

The aquarium has closed its doors to visitors to play its part in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, according to CNN. That gave the staff a chance to let their rockhopper penguins run wild and free, allowing them to roam through the premises, waddle over to the information desk, and say "hello" to the other animals that the aquarium is home to.

Meet Wellington, the penguin below, who got a chance to be on the other side of the glass and made full use of it.



 

Even Edward and Annie went out on their own adventures through Shedd Aquarium.



 

The aquarium also added that Edward and Annie had some fun plans of their own that will probably have them self-quarantined for different reasons.



 

Although most people were unprepared for the rampant spread of the virus, the staff at the aquarium are doing their best to ensure that each animal is well taken care of through this time.



 

Talking about their innovative ways to keep their animals busy, the aquarium told the Chicago Tribune, as quoted by USA Today, "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.

 



 

The furry friends at the Shedd Aquarium weren't the only ones having some fun. The video of a Patagonian mara named Hector also showed the animal making some interesting exchanges with his fellow zoo-mates at the Fort Worth Zoo, Benji, Hudson, and Makita.



 

For everyone missing the feeling of laying eyes on animals and sea creatures during this time when everyone is expected to socially distance themselves, there is good news. There are zoos that are live streaming footage of some of their animals and it will only be a screen that separates you from them.

You can find out what the meerkats, sea lions, giraffes, orangutans, and other creatures at the El Paso Zoo are up to by watching their "Zoo Cameras," as reported by El Paso Times.

Fiona the hippo, from Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, also became an internet sensation as the zoo live-streamed videos of her from her habitat. Fiona was the first of their series as the zoo wrote on Facebook, "Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3pm EDT where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home."



 

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is also bringing you spectacular sights from their aquariums while you remain in the comforts of your pajamas. This way, you and your couch don't have to be separated, but you can still get your daily dose of fun from the animal kingdom.



 

With all these wonderful zoos and aquariums enriching our lives with beautiful images, this self-quarantine thing might not be so bad after all.



 

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