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.
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.
According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
And common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
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.
186,677, to be precise.
And, devastatingly, a staggering 7,471 more have been reported to have died from the illness.
And many have been asking the same thing – Where did this virus actually come from?
On December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
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.
The virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.
Which was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
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.
And many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
Leaving their streets completely deserted.
Our first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
Since the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 4,743 more confirmed cases across the country and ninety-three deaths.
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.
FYI… A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
Which prohibits any travel between the United States and any European country, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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…
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.
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.
One of the penguins can be seen having an exclusive tour of different parts of the aquarium.
The aquarium wrote: “Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd.”
“Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor.”
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.
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!”
“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!)”
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”
I for one am very excited to see what Edward, Annie, and Wellington get up to next.