Watch This Penguin Couple Go on a Date Exploring a Closed-Down Aquarium
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
There is something so delightful about watching animals traipse around indoor spaces designed for humans, navigating the space in a somewhat distinguished Homo sapien style while still interacting with stimuli in their species-specific ways. We saw this recently with the wild elephant who wandered through a Sri Lankan hotel. Now, we're seeing it again in slightly... different circumstances, with a bonded pair of penguins going on an aquarium date amid a building-wide shutdown.
The video was posted to Twitter by Chicago's Shedd Aquarium on Monday, with the caption "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."
Shedd Aquarium will be temporarily closed for the next two weeks to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to another post on its Twitter account.
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
A representative for the aquarium told the Chicago Tribune that caretakers are working to enrich the lives of their animals while guests are out of the building, by “introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviors.”
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
Meanwhile, as penguin lovers Annie and Edward courted their way towards nesting season, penguin gents like Wellington inspired the internet to go on a date with themselves.
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
It's probably best we, like Wellington, find more interest in fish than in fluid exchanging right now, anyways.