- Three penguins named Edward, Annie, and Wellington went on a field trip at Shedd Aquarium.
- Normally the penguins stay in their enclosure, but because Shedd is closed due to coronavirus, they were allowed to roam (with supervision, ofc).
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has been closed since Friday, and while that's an unfortunate and necessary closure for humans in the midwest, it's sparked a life change for the facility's penguin residents.
Because there are no people wandering around and looking at aquatic life, the mantle has fallen to a group of curious penguins to appreciate fancy fish for all of us. And thanks to Shedd Aquarium posting delightful videos showcasing it, now we get to appreciate the penguins appreciating the fish we can't appreciate. What a world!
Let's dive in. Meet Wellington:
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
He loves saying hi to the fish in the Amazon Rising exhibit specifically, which is extra cute.
"Penguins in the Amazon?!" Shedd's account wrote. "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."
But wait, there's more! Two bonded rockhopper penguins named Annie and Edward are about to build a nest together (😭). That fact alone has caused my group chat to spiral. Before Annie and Edward make this Big Life Change though, they were allowed to go on a penguin date around Shedd.
They saw the sights:
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
Penguins like Edward and Annie will begin to build their nests next week. Join us digitally for nesting coverage! In the meantime, we will be sharing lots of different animal updates (and yes, Wellington will return!) 🐧👀 (2/3) pic.twitter.com/eCYKOwdOMz— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 16, 2020
And they may have been the most genuinely curious visitors to ever swing by the Information Desk:
While this may be a strange time for us, these days feel normal for animals at Shedd. Our caregivers are constantly providing new experiences for the animals to explore and express their natural behaviors with. Let us know what penguin activities you would like to see! (3/3) pic.twitter.com/ftlow7iPHl— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 16, 2020
I highly recommend watching these videos on repeat as a pick me up, but also keep an eye on Shedd's Twitter feed, where they've promised to deliver more penguin updates.
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