Penguins Were Allowed to Roam Around an Aquarium After It Was Closed Amid Coronavirus Lockdown | 22 Words

Things have started getting pretty dire in the world, with the travel ban, self-isolation, and toilet paper becoming basically nonexistent. On top of this, many public places have closed to halt the spread of the virus.

Although this is an uncertain time for us, there is one species that is making the most of the current situation...

Penguins! A group of penguins have been allowed to do the most amazing thing while the aquarium has been closed to the public.

Keep scrolling to see the adorable footage.

We are in the midst of a medical crisis.

The deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.

What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?

According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.

The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.

And common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.

But, in more severe cases...

And in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

More than 100,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...

186,677, to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 7,471 more have been reported to have died from the illness.

It's a dire situation.

And many have been asking the same thing - Where did this virus actually come from?

Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.

On December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.

And where did it come from?

Many different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.

And, despite infected people being quarantined...

The virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.

It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...

Which was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.

But these attempts were to little avail.

Because, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.

World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...

And many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.

Italy has even gone into total lockdown...

Leaving their streets completely deserted.

And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.

Our first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.

And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.

Since the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 4,743 more confirmed cases across the country and ninety-three deaths.

Several cities have declared states of emergencies...

And, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.

His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.

FYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.

He also announced a temporary travel ban...

Which prohibits any travel between the United States and any European country, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Yep, things are getting pretty serious.

And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it. That's not the case for everyone, however...

For one little penguin colony, things are looking pretty exciting.

An aquarium in Chicago has closed its doors to the public amid the virus outbreak, but it's not all doom and gloom, especially for the penguins.

They have free rein of the entire building!

Shedd Aquarium is currently closed to the public but decided to share a video to Twitter to show everyone what the penguins have been up to.

The video is adorable.

One of the penguins can be seen having an exclusive tour of different parts of the aquarium.

They look totally mesmerized.

The aquarium wrote: "Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd."

They posted to Twitter...

"Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor."

It didn't stop there!

The little explorers were spotted waddling around other areas of the building, such as information desks, probably trying to get the low down on what's going on.

They posted 3 videos.

The birds can be seen embarking in quite the little adventure, with Shedd commenting: "The adventure continues! This morning, Edward and Annie explored Shedd's rotunda. They are a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins, which means they are together for nesting season. Springtime is nesting season for penguins at Shedd, and this year is no different!"

They continued...

"Penguins like Edward and Annie will begin to build their nests next week. Join us digitally for nesting coverage! In the meantime, we will be sharing lots of different animal updates (and yes, Wellington will return!)"

They wanted to offer people some reassurance that the penguins remain safe.

Saying: "While this may be a strange time for us, these days feel normal for animals at Shedd. Our caregivers are constantly providing new experiences for the animals to explore and express their natural behaviors. Let us know what penguin activities you would like to see"

Can't wait to tune in tomorrow!

I for one am very excited to see what Edward, Annie, and Wellington get up to next.