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We're all getting a bit sick and tired of being stuck at home. If you haven't yet shaved your head or got into a domestic over a game of Monopoly, I salute you.

If you're looking for something to do other than staring longingly out the window, then virtual zoos might be up your street... metaphorically.

One zoo in Texas has introduced a couple of unlikely visitors, and the video is incredible.

Keep scrolling to watch...

 

We're slowly adjusting to life at home.

Whether this new life involves waking up at 2 am like it's noon is a different story.

School, work, and pretty much anything that involves the slightest bit of socialization has been canceled.

Luckily for us, zoos and aquariums are trying to fill the void of "children’s" activities with home safaris, virtual tours, and webcams.

But social distancing doesn't have to be boring.

Zoos are now offering a more remote programming for its visitors to enjoy.

Although the Dallas Zoo is closed, they're still spreading some animal love.

They've begun sharing behind-the-scenes footage and educational videos on social media, using the hashtag #BringTheZooToYou.

Gregg Hudson is the zoo's President and Chief Executive.

He said: “The main thing is we want to not lose contact with the incredible base we’ve got, nearly 30,000 family members here in Dallas. We know there’s probably a lot of families at home, and we hope to offer a respite from other news that’s bombarding people."

The zoo is operating with essential staff only.

This includes around one hundred keepers that care for over two thousand animals. The zoo has even started to stagger shifts to contain staff members.

Other zoos have been putting in place similar measures.

We all remember the cute penguin video shared by Shedd Aquarium, well that sent a chain reaction to all the other zoos and aquariums that now want to get in on the action.

Everyone wants a bit of entertainment.

And what better way to do it than watching social media to see what you're missing out on.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is live streaming.

Bringing a safari to you on their Facebook page every weekday from 3 pm.

The first broadcast was adorable.

Featuring, Fiona, the zoos 3-year-old hippopotamus. The zoo's director Thane Maynard, said: “This zoo is so important to the community and not being able to visit will create a void that we’re trying to fill."

Their zoo is closed indefinitely.

But made it pretty clear they weren't going away for good, saying: “Let us help make your children’s hiatus from school fun and educational," on a Facebook post.

The Oregon Zoo is closed through April 8.

Staff members have assured the public, the animals are being well taken care of.

The zoos social media accounts are being constantly updated with videos of the animals.

The zoos deputy director of care, connection, and conservation, Sheri Horiszny, said: “We are figuring out how we can create content so kids staying home can receive education materials and entertainment from the animals."

San Diego Zoo has directed people to 10 live webcams.

The animals include koalas, penguins, tigers, and other animals. There was also archival footage of giant pandas that were returned to China.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium also invited people to view their webcams.

People can watch live videos of jellyfish, penguins, and sharks from their homes! For the first time ever, people can now view the aquarium's sea otter exhibit via webcam, which guests don't usually get to see.

Animals in zoos all across the globe are coming to terms with the absence of visitors.

After years of interactivity with the public, things must seem a little strange, if not dull.

An aquarium in Texas got the idea to move some animals around, to let them experience something new.

The Texas State Aquarium cares for a whole host of different animals, that in their everyday enclosures, and in the wild, would never see each other.

Their resident dolphins got the surprise of their lives when a furry friend came to visit.

Even the animals are getting a lesson in zoology.

Even for a Disney film, this is an unlikely pairing, and that's saying something.

A spokesperson for the aquarium said: "We frequently give the animals a chance to 'meet' each other as a form of enrichment, which helps keep them active in body and mind. As some of our most popular animals, it seemed an obvious choice for our sloths and dolphins to get a chance to see each other while we were temporarily closed. We have another sloth, Xena, but on that day, she was more interested in sleeping than meeting the dolphins!" Scroll down to see how they reacted...

That sounds a lot like me right now.

The 3-year-old sloth named Chico was taken around to different parts of the zoo, where he met ducks, seahorses, and even a shark. The spokesperson continued: "Along with enrichment opportunities for our animals, our staff is still busy at work preparing meals for and feeding the animals, maintaining their habitats, and looking after their medical care, to name just a few tasks." Keep scrolling to see why zookeepers have moved in with their animals...