The penguins continue their march through The Shedd Aquarium during coronavirus closure.
The Shedd Aquarium’s rockhopper penguins have gone viral this week as the internet falls in love with their little field trips to other exhibits. Wellington, one of the penguins, continued his adventure through the aquarium by visiting the sea otters today. Penguins and sea otters?? Together?? Excuse us while we die from how adorable the Shedd Aquarium’s social media accounts are right now!
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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! . . . #sheddaquarium #seaotters #chicago #seaotter #otter #penguin #wellington #sheddpenguin
32 year-old Wellington, who is apparently twice rockhopper penguins’ life expectancy, seems totally transfixed by the otters dashing back and forth behind the glass. You can clearly see in the video how he follows the otter’s movements and ducks in close to get a good look. The otters seem excited about their new friend, too, swimming by the glass to get a good look at the peculiar little bird.
The Shedd Aquarium has been posting animal encounters (mostly penguins because we can’t get enough of the little guys) every day since they closed their doors for two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. We really have the Shedd to thank for providing adorable photos during a dark time in the world’s history. Yesterday, for St. Patrick’s Day, many of the Shedd’s animals posed in festive green attire, all to cheer up visitors at home. How cute is that bowtie!
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Is there a rainbow above Shedd? Because this where the gold is at for a #StPatricksDay party! 🌈 While we can't go out & party, the animals can! Our caretakers are committed to providing enriching activities (like edible shamrocks) for the animals with or without guests here to see it. Swipe right for the highlights from their day. 🐧 Magdalena the rockhopper ☘️ Biff the sea lion with Maura 🦦 Ellie the sea otter 🐧 Sparrow the Magellanic penguin ☘️ Laguna the sea lion . . . #penguins #SheddPenguins #Seaotters #sealions #sheddaquarium #chicago #penguin
If you’re looking for more uplifting content, make sure to check out our article on the Shedd Aquarium’s animal encounters and our other article on how Sue The T-Rex from the Field Museum wanted in on the fun. Also, be sure to follow the Shedd Aquarium for more adorable animal encounters.
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