Even though the world is a pretty glum place right now thanks to the growing coronavirus pandemic, we’ve finally got some cheerful news to brighten your day. With more and more cities going into lockdown, one group of intrepid penguins got a day to remember when they were allowed to freely roam around a Chicago aquarium.
While the USA hasn’t quite sent its states into lockdown like Italy, there’s mounting pressure on President Trump to enforce stricter rules on self-isolation. In the meantime, bars, restaurants, cinemas, and other attractions have been forced to close their doors. Disneyland was a huge blow to holidaymakers, but for the penguins at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, the shutdown means they’re having a ‘whale’ of a time.
Penguins in the Amazon?! 🐧🌴— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 15, 2020
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
The penguins went on a “field trip” to visit fellow friends around the aquarium and were clearly loving some time out of the tank. One adorable video shows Wellington the 30-year-old rockhopper penguin off to see the fish, while his finned friends “also seemed interested in their unusual visitor”. Given Wellington’s usual habitat, it’s not every day he gets to gawp at a tank of fish from the Amazon.
A second tweet took Edward and Annie to explore the attraction’s rotunda and relax during their very own date. With this time of year being nesting season, Edward and Annie are arguably the aquarium’s most adorable couple as they carry on like everything is normal.
The adventure continues! 🐧🐧— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 16, 2020
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
The clips have been shared thousands of times as the trio of penguins have gone viral and brought a little hope into everyone’s lives at this trying time. One animal-lover wrote: “What a great idea to let the natives visit one another! Kudos to the staff. Thanks for making my day! “
Another fan said, “Please keep doing this. This is the content we need right now”, and a third added, “Thank-you Shedd Aquarium for continuing to post…we need our smiles wherever we can get them…please give Wellington some extra fish for bringing happiness to many people…good job, Wellington!!!”
Thought I’d spread abit of positivity for you guys. Since the lockdown of Venice without the pollution from boats the water has been begun to clear up and a dolphin has been spotted in the canal for the first time in nearly 60 years! #venice pic.twitter.com/dbq4mGhfnp— Jack (@NotLacazette) March 17, 2020
Elsewhere, the animal kingdom seems to be doing just fine as the human race crumbles in the midst of COVID-19 madness. Over in Venice, the Italian lockdown has seen the usually murky water of the canals turn clear, swans are in the Venetian fountains, and dolphins have even returned to these waters for the first time in 60 years.
I bet Shedd Aquarium’s penguins are hoping the gates will never open again. In the meantime, here’s hoping there’s more wholesome animal content coming our way as we go further into self-isolation.
[Featured Image: Shedd Aquarium/Pixabay]