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Shedd Aquarium penguins
Photograph: Courtesy Shedd Aquarium

While Shedd Aquarium is closed, its adorable penguins are getting a chance to explore

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Like nearly every other Chicago museum and institution, the Shedd Aquarium is currently closed to the public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Without any guests in the building, the aquarium's care staff (which is onsite 24/7) is getting creative with its enrichment activities for the various aquatic creatures who call the Shedd home.

Yesterday, a few of the Shedd's rockhopper penguins went on a field trip through aquarium, encountering some their fellow residents along the way. A penguin named Wellington visited the "Amazon Rising" exhibition and gazed at freshwater fish, while Edward and Annie waddled through the building's lobby and a Southeast Asian Streams display.

The staff managed to capture some video footage of the penguins' day out, which you can watch below. While the majority of city is cooped up inside practicing social distancing, it's nice to know that a few feathered Chicago residents are getting a chance to explore their home and make new friends.

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