Penguins went on ‘field trip’ to explore closed Chicago aquarium

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The penguins at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium went on a “field trip” to check out the Amazon exhibit on Sunday after the building had been closed to the public over concerns for the coronavirus.

According to the aquarium’s Facebook page, a group of rockhopper penguins decided to take a walk. A video showed Wellington, one of the penguins, “seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising!” The black-barred silver dollars in the aquarium also seemed interested in the penguins.

How cute is this?

Caretakers at the aquarium are constantly providing enrichment activities for the animals.

“Every spring is nesting season for the penguins here at Shedd, and this year is no different! Next week, penguins, including Edward and Annie, will begin to build their nests. You’re invited to digitally join us for the nesting coverage!

In the meantime, we will share a variety of animal activities, and yes, Wellington will return! While this may be a strange time for us, these days are relatively normal for the penguins and other animals at Shedd. Our caregivers are constantly providing new activities, experiences, food and more to allow the animals to express natural behaviors—even if that includes simply exploring. Let us know what penguin activities you want to see!

I know you want to see more. Edward and Annie are on the move exploring. There is no such thing as “too much cuteness.”

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