These heartwarming videos show that with the lack of people in zoos, more animals are getting to spend time with each other.
Animals interact with each other in so many amazing ways. Just take a look at how even different species view and play with each other. The ongoing viral pandemic gives us all a chance to refresh our memory with nature's choicest bits. Previously, we reported on these adorable penguins roaming around their empty aquarium having their very own field trip of sorts. Now with the lack of people in zoos, more animals are getting to spend more time with each other, and it's simply fabulous.
Considering that nearly all companies and organizations have shut down their gates to the public due to the quarantine, zoos and aquariums followed suit as well. The caretakers of these facilities still show up to tend for the animals, and we have been seeing the most amazing videos from these places. The zoos have taken the time to upload several clips of the daily lives that these animals are living amidst the pandemic on to their respective social media pages, and we can't help but have big grins on our faces looking at all them.
Taki the coati cutie visited some prime-mates over the weekend. 🤗 pic.twitter.com/zG4mhLM6kS— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) March 24, 2020
“Red river hog Sir Francis Bacon got the rare opportunity to visit other Zoo residents earlier today,” Cincinnati Zoo shares. “His care team took advantage of the Zoo being closed and took him on an extended walk in the Africa habitat. The meerkats were particularly curious about the unusual visitor.”
I'll be real we do this all the time anyways lol (at my facility we call it "visual species interaction" to sound ~fancy~) we just don't usually record it and put it on our social media! Plus right now we can go for like, long walks and not have to worry about operating hours woo— Arras (@AnimusPanthera) March 23, 2020
Just seeing so many different kinds of animals meeting up with each other in their own zoos is fantastic. The familiar territory is marred by a complete lack of audience so these animals have all the time and space to hang about themselves and get to know other species better. Take this incredibly cute instance between this sea lion and his new tegu friend. It's no wonder this meet-up went viral and ended up being shared over 17,000 times as there's just too much of a natural affinity between the animals.
When in the water, penguins are powerhouses! 💪🐧— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 25, 2020
Magellanic penguins are excellent long-distance swimmers. With their powerful wings, they can hit speeds of 15 mph. Monte explored the Polar Play Zone and stopped to watch Dolores and Mercedes swim. pic.twitter.com/dYiDhdGhNM
The video became extremely popular online after one illustrator shared it on his Twitter. “Pray for the zoo animals in this time of crisis,” he wrote in his now-viral tweet. “I mean, they’re getting really well taken care of, but they’re also living through an era of zookeepers saying, ‘Y’know what? F**k it, let’s just show them each other!’” “When you got no game at the ‘staring game’ but your animal enrichment is on point,” Mystic Aquarium, that’s based in Mystic, Connecticut, writes in its tweet caption.
Remember Hodari, our adorable little milky eagle owl chick? She took a trip to the Children’s Zoo recently to meet the koi fish! We are introducing her to all kinds of sights and sounds right now, so she’ll grow up to be confident and a great ambassador for her species. pic.twitter.com/4QdkVJj69l— Dallas Zoo (@DallasZoo) March 25, 2020
Several zoos and aquariums that have been forced to close down are now offering several services online so that people can tune in and view the animals via live streams. “The main thing is, we want to not lose contact with the incredible base we’ve got, nearly 30,000 family members here in Dallas,” Gregg Hudson, the Dallas Zoo’s president and chief executive, told New York Times. “We know there’s probably a lot of families at home, and we hope to offer a respite from other news that’s bombarding people.”