Frederique Beck Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Due to Covid-19 closing down most of the aquariums around the world, with no individuals showing up, the Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium has decided to allow for it’s penguins to roam the building.
The penguins have been observed staring at the fish in each tank, to many it looks as if the poor birds are confused as they don’t know where they are, hurriedly waddling around from tank to tank.
The aquarium has explained their reason for letting their flightless birds wander is: “Introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviors.”
In all the commotion of Covid-19, it is nice to see these cute animals enjoying a new experience and breaking away from all the panic. It is a good way to lift people’s spirits during this epidemic.
Zoos and aquariums have realized the positive impact of this decision as well. With that, this activity has spread to other aquariums and zoos, allowing non-dangerous animals to roam the facilities under the supervision of staff. One example is the Fort Worth Zoo, taking their Patagonian mara, Hector, on a walk through their zoo.
These locations are keeping the travels of their animals open to the public, posting everything on their social media. This allows for viewers a positive experience while they continue to undergo social distancing.