After Closing Down, This Aquarium Lets Its Penguins Go on a ‘Field Trip’

In another uplifting animal spotlight, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium has just released a heartwarming video in which you can see their penguins being set free to wander the facility.

The Aquarium is closed to visitors in accordance with COVID-19 lockdown regulations, so the quiet facility has been a welcomed change of pace.

Last friday, Chicago declared that all gatherings of over 1,000 people were banned, so the aquarium had to close its doors.

The video of the penguins roaming the aquarium has gone viral, and has brought much needed joy to the internet.

The video has earned over 100,000 likes on Twitter, prompting the aquarium to promise to continue to post video updates. In their public statement, they said,

“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”. Steve Aibel, Director of Animal Behavior, explains that allowing the penguins to roam freely is a valuable source of learning and stimulation, as the aquarium “is always looking for ways to teach animals to be flexible in their environment”.

Just yesterday, aquarium staff took the penguins on a second “field trip”, bringing them to meet the Beluga whales. You can check out the video for yourself here!

Wellington Meets the Sea Otters

Wellington meets the sea otters! 🦦🐧 Wellington the rockhopper continued his field trip around the aquarium by visiting the sea otter habitat. At 32 years old, Wellington is no spring chicken (and not just because he’s a penguin!) He is more than double the life expectancy of a rockhopper! Thanks to laser therapy and cataract surgeries, he’s “still got it” and can enjoy going on enriching adventures. Where's Wellington going next? Stay tuned to find out!

Posted by Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Animals have proved to be a welcome distraction from the grim stories that mainstream news outlets are reporting.

Wellington’s visit to Amazon Rising

Penguins in the Amazon?! 🐧🌴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.

Posted by Shedd Aquarium on Sunday, March 15, 2020

Animals can remind us to remain positive and kind during the crisis, and to find joy in small moments.