With the aquarium closed to visitors to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, keepers of the aquarium allowed a group of rockhopper penguins to leave their habitat enclosures and explore other parts of the aquarium.
The penguins of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago enjoyed a day out at the other side of the glass and met with other aquatic animals in the area on Sunday.
“Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals,” the aquarium told the Chicago Tribune. “Introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviors.”
In a video posted by the aquarium on Twitter, it showed one penguin named Wellington meeting fishes in the Amazon exhibit
“Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising!” the aquarium said in the tweet. “The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor.”
The aquarium, just like other establishments and companies, closed down in an effort to prevent the further spread of the virus.