The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is closed to human visitors, but that doesn’t mean the the exhibit floors are empty. Staff members are allowing the penguins out to wander the around and check out their neighbors. The best part of it all are the videos that are being shared via social media.

On the first day the penguins were let out of their habitat, Shedd Aquarium shared adorable photos on their Instagram page. The post was captioned, “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! Other animals like the black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitors.” 

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The adventure continues! 🐧🐧 This morning, Edward and Annie explored the rotunda. They are a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins, which means they are together for nesting season. Every spring is nesting season for the penguins here at Shedd, and this year is no different! Next week, penguins, including Edward and Annie, will begin to build their nests. You’re invited to digitally join us for the nesting coverage! In the meantime, we will share a variety of animal activities, and yes, Wellington will return! While right now is strange to us, it’s a normal day for the penguins and other animals at Shedd. Our caregivers are constantly providing new activities, experiences, food and more to allow the animals to express natural behaviors. Let us what penguin activities you want to see! 👇

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The next day, Edward and Annie, a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins explored the aquarium. The pair are together for nesting season. The aquarium explained, “Every spring is nesting season for the penguins here at Shedd, and this year is no different! Next week, penguins, including Edward and Annie, will begin to build their nests. You’re invited to digitally join us for the nesting coverage!” 

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Shedd Aquarium via Instagram

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