Penguins Roam Free at Chicago Aquarium After It's Closed to the Public

March 17, 2020

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On Sunday, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois allowed the rockhopper penguins to leave their habitat and explore the aquarium, according to CNN. The building is currently closed to visitors until March 29 because of the coronavirus outbreak. "Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals," the aquarium said. "Introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviors." The aquarium posted a short video clip of Wellington the penguin looking at some of the fish in the Amazon exhibit on social media. "Thank you Shedd Aquarium for continuing to post...we need our smiles wherever we can get them," one Twitter user said.