This penguin named Wellington from an aquarium in Chicago went on a tour to check out the other animals on display.
Of all the enclosures at The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago that see a massive crowd, the ones with penguins rank right on top, because these big-bodied, thin-armed aquatic guests from the Southern Hemisphere are not common for the region. However, the last few weeks have been a terrible period for both the Aquarium and the penguins, who have lost their audience owing to the Coronavirus outbreak which has pretty brought the city and the entire nation to a halt. To assuage the birds, the aquarium authorities decided to let the penguins roam the facility so as to experience what life on the other side of the glass wall feels like. It seems like a penguin named Wellington made the most of the new-found freedom he was afforded.
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
Speaking to The Chicago Tribune, the aquarium said, "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." Posting the video on Twitter, the aquarium said the rockhopper penguin and a bunch of his companions went on a little field trip saying 'hi' to some of the other animals at the facility. Wellington, one from the group, was particularly interested in the fish in Amazon Rising, who would have been his meal in his typical habitat. "Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising!" the aquarium tweeted. "The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor." The video has been viewed more than 82k times on Twitter and retweeted over 2k times, with plenty of followers praising the aquarium's move.
Fish are food? No, fish are too big for food. Fish are friend?— Elizabeth Evans (@EClaireEvans) March 15, 2020
User OnlyhereforBooks andDogs, said: "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!!!" Another user by the name NanTheRam said: "What a great idea to let the natives visit one another! Kudos to the staff. Thanks for making my day!"
he is definitely thinking that those look delicious— kara (@karasmarsh) March 15, 2020
Yet another user named Art Excursions tweeted: "This is fantastic for Wellington! He looks like he had an awesome day. Love that he looks like he's experiencing sensory overload. And the fish look excited to see him, too. Multi-species enrichment activity. We need daily "Wellington's Adventures at the Shedd" updates! :-)"
The content we need 😍🐧 Thank you!— Rebecca Starkey (@UChiLibrarian) March 15, 2020
According to Chicago.gov, as many as 93 cases of Coronavirus have been reported in all of Illinois. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the closure of all schools, colleges, restaurants, and bars, and have urged the public to maintain social distancing. The Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, has made a disaster proclamation in the state and has said he has demanded the state receive more testing kits as soon as possible.