Three Penguins Ran Wild In An Aquarium That Closed Because Of Coronavirus
"Oh to be a penguin loose in an abandoned aquarium."
If there’s one good thing to come out of humans self-isolating, it’s that penguins got free rein of Shedd Aquarium after it was closed because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Three penguins, Annie, Edward and Wellington, were let out of their enclosures at the Chicago aquarium, and took the opportunity to explore their home turf with no humans around (except their handlers).
The aquarium closed earlier this month, after the city banned mass public gatherings. But temporary closure hasn’t stopped it from delivering doses of unbearable cuteness, with the aquarium sharing a series of videos today showing the intrepid penguins on an adventure.
Penguins in the Amazon?! 🐧🌴
Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd. Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor. pic.twitter.com/KgYWsp5VQD
— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 15, 2020
Here we see Wellington the rockhopper penguin investigating some fish. And behold: Annie and Edward waddling around the aquarium’s rotunda together:
The adventure continues! 🐧🐧
This morning, Edward and Annie explored Shedd’s rotunda. They are a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins, which means they are together for nesting season. Springtime is nesting season for penguins at Shedd, and this year is no different! (1/3) 👇 pic.twitter.com/VdxN3oQAfe
— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 16, 2020
Annie and Edward are a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins. People were quick to point out that their adventure counts as a date, which is great news for anyone who just cancelled a Tinder date to stay home.
So this is a date? 💗💗💗
— I like cats. (@baconandcoconut) March 16, 2020
Here are the best reactions to the penguins in Shedd Aquarium:
Oh to be a penguin loose in an abandoned aquarium. https://t.co/vUjdWMHOyP
— Andrew, Apple Daddy (@NefariousObit) March 16, 2020
I would die for Wellington, honestly
— Court (@couurtneyeriin) March 16, 2020
Can you implement a live-feed? We’ve got like 500 hours to kill.
— Mike Zillo (@MikeZillo) March 16, 2020
Penguins are gonna inherit the earth I guess.
— Vigilant379 (@vigilant379) March 16, 2020
I… I love them.
Thank you for this bright spot in a tough week!
— Kyle Lefler (@kylelefler) March 16, 2020
Do you feel like watching cute penguins is the only thing keeping you sane during your self-isolation? The good news is that Shedd Aquarium is planning to share more videos like this in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out on their Twitter and Facebook to see when more quality penguin content drops.
(Lead image: Shedd Aquarium / Twitter)