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Penguin goes on ‘field trip’ at aquarium as it closes in response to coronavirus

Shedd Aquarium said it was coming up with ‘creative’ activities to keep its penguins amused as the centre temporarily closed.

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Shedd Aquarium is keeping its penguins entertained during the centre’s closure (fieldwork/Getty Images)

Shedd Aquarium is keeping its penguins entertained during the centre’s closure (fieldwork/Getty Images)

Shedd Aquarium is keeping its penguins entertained during the centre’s closure (fieldwork/Getty Images)

A penguin has been allowed to visit fish it would never come across in the wild, as an aquarium closed due to coronavirus fears sent it out on a “field trip”.

Shedd Aquarium in Chicago allowed its penguins to waddle around and meet other animals in order to stay entertained during the centre’s closure.

Posting a video, the aquarium said: “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!”

Penguins in the Amazon?! 🐧🌴 Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd. Wellington seemed...

Posted by Shedd Aquarium on Sunday, March 15, 2020

The video, posted on Sunday, shows a penguin named Wellington taking a look at Amazon fish species.

The aquarium said: “Without guests in the building, our animal caretakers are planning even more creative activities for the animals.”

Shedd Aquarium stated on Friday that it is temporarily closing until March 29 due to an “abundance of caution” following the Covid-19 outbreak.

PA Media