Penguin pair explores Chicago’s deserted Shedd Aquarium

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      While COVID-19 has closed most attractions in North America to humans, quarantines have unexpectedly created some fascinating opportunities for non-humans.

      Case in point: Edward and Annie, a pair of bonded rockhopper penguins at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, who yesterday got the chance to explore outside their enclosure.

      While rockhoppers mainly eat krill, crustaceans, and cephalopods, they also enjoy fish, as was evident when the pair stopped to peruse the aquarium’s tropical tank:

      They also enjoyed learning about Southeast Asian streams and checking out a human office:

      The duo’s enthusiastic walkabout was reminiscent of a Danish king penguin who got to explore the Copenhagen zoo, in the 1966 children’s book Pondus the Penguin by Ivar Myrhøj.

      At the end of his adventure, Pondus received a delicious fishy treat when he returned home. Hopefully Edward and Annie did, too.