Watch: Penguins roam free afte

Photo: SheddAquarium/Twitter

Watch: Penguins roam free after aquarium exhibits close due to coronavirus in the US [video]

Watch as penguins roam free after an aquarium closed its doors to the public due to the coronavirus.

Watch: Penguins roam free afte

Photo: SheddAquarium/Twitter

After Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium in the United States was forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic, staff decided to let a few waddling residents out of their enclosures for a field trip. 

It is reported that the aquarium followed the same steps as the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town and closed its doors due to the coronavirus outbreak. It is reported that it is the first time the Two Oceans Aquarium has closed since Christmas Day in 1996.

“We understand that this will come as an inconvenience to some of you who may have planned to visit us over the coming weeks, and we ask you please be patient with us as we do our best to attend to your concerns,” the aquarium said in a statement.

Going viral

The aquarium in Chicago went on to share videos on Twitter of three penguins checking out exhibits from the other side of the glass.

“Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals,” the aquarium said in a statement. 

“Introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviours.”

USA Today reports that a rockhopper penguin, named Wellington, can be seen visiting the aquarium’s Amazon Rising exhibit, which features creatures from the Amazon River basin, the largest river system and rainforest on Earth. At 30, Wellington is the oldest penguin at the aquarium and has lived there since it opened in 1991.

In another video, a pair of bonded rockhopper penguins, named Edward and Annie, waddle past a tank full of sharks and rays. Eventually, they wander all the way towards the information desk. The two of them are reportedly together for nesting season. Springtime is nesting season for penguins at Shedd, and this year is no different.

They will reportedly begin building their nest next week.

And even though this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade was cancelled in Ireland (and other social gatherings associated with it worldwide) due to the coronavirus outbreak, the penguins at the Shedd had a penguin party!