Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: August 12, 2020 11:20 am
The four penguin chicks with their keeper
Photo Credit: Shedd Aquarium
With aquariums across the world closed due to Covid-19 the animals have been breaking out and exploring the halls to meet some of their underwater friends.
This week the magellanic penguin chicks at Shedd Aquarium were given free reign over the Abbott Oceanarium. Here they were able to meet the resident beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea otters, sea lions and more.
These ‘field trips’ are part of the chicks enrichment plan which help to encourage mental and physical stimulation. This program is designed to promote healthy habits for the rest of their life.
As their development continues the chicks have been weaned and are spending their time socializing together. While they were exploring the oceanarium they vocalized both to the other penguins and to their keepers with whom they have also bonded.
The penguin chicks explore the Shedd Aquarium
Video Credit: ©Shedd Aquarium
Currently they are finishing off shedding their fluffy down feathers and once this is complete their new feathers will be waterproof and they will be able to swim.
In the future the Shedd Aquarium expect to announce how the penguin will be named and when they will be available for viewing. If you want to meet the penguins from anywhere on Earth Shedd Aquarium is offering a limited time virtual penguin encounter. Funds from this encounter help to support the aquariums work. You can see that here – Virtual Penguin Encounter | Shedd Aquarium
If you can’t get enough of the penguins adventures check out the Shedd Aquarium facebook page where they have been exploring many more areas such as the gift shop – Shedd Aquarium | Facebook
Learn more about the Shedd Aquarium on their website – Shedd Aquarium