Animals love company, just like us!
During the times of the coronavirus pandemic, officials and governments advising social distancing and closing down almost all companies and organizations, zoos and aquariums have found a way to entertain us- by showing their animals while playing and interacting in various ways.
Their virtual tours and streaming performances are a real feast for the eyes and soul!
Caretakers, who still tend for these animals, share videos and photos of their residents and their cute meetups to brighten up our days!
These videos melted the hearts of many, as the reactions of the animals are simply adorable! One such video of a sea lion and a tegu is so sweet, that it went viral almost immediately!
Netizens love a video of a confused sea lion meeting up with a tegu
One illustrator that shared it wrote in the now-viral tweet:
“Pray for the zoo animals in this time of crisis. I mean, they’re getting really well taken care of, but they’re also living through an era of zookeepers saying, ‘Y’know what? F**k it, let’s just show them each other!’”
Many zoos have decided to allow us to sneak peek inside them.
Watch the video of the “staring game”
When you got no game at the #StaringGame but your animal enrichment is on point. pic.twitter.com/dbp67i3mu3
— Mystic Aquarium (@mysticaquarium) March 19, 2020
Connecticut-based Mystic Aquarium tweeted another adorable video of a confused sea lion, that kept staring at the unfamiliar creature in front of him.
Many zoos are letting their animals meet or see each other during the lockdown
Cincinnati Zoo shared:
“Red river hog Sir Francis Bacon got the rare opportunity to visit other Zoo residents earlier today. His care team took advantage of the Zoo being closed and took him on an extended walk in the Africa habitat. The meerkats were particularly curious about the unusual visitor.”
“Our Indian runner duck stopped by the Penguin Education Center this week”
🦆🐧Birds of a feather…visit each other when the Zoo is closed. Our Indian runner duck stopped by the Penguin Education Center this week. #ClosedButStillCaring pic.twitter.com/Hvd8aSbSe7
— Maryland Zoo (@marylandzoo) March 21, 2020
Maryland Zoo posted another video on Twitter that revealed their Indian runner duck stopping by to observe the penguins in the aquarium.
The videos of the meetings are shared on social media
Taki the coati cutie visited some prime-mates over the weekend. 🤗 pic.twitter.com/zG4mhLM6kS
— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) March 24, 2020
At the San Diego Zoo, a “coati cutie” met a gorilla. The gorilla just sat and observed his new friend.
This zoo is the home of over 4,000 animals, and you can take a peek at them through the zoo’s 10 different live feeds. You can watch zoo streams videos of polar bears, apes, koalas, giraffes, owls, penguins, baboons, elephants, tigers, and condors.
People simply adore the videos
When in the water, penguins are powerhouses! 💪🐧
Magellanic penguins are excellent long-distance swimmers. With their powerful wings, they can hit speeds of 15 mph. Monte explored the Polar Play Zone and stopped to watch Dolores and Mercedes swim. pic.twitter.com/dYiDhdGhNM
— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 25, 2020
As it shuttered its doors, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, human visitors no longer wander its halls, so penguins are taking over and enjoy the tours of the facility.
The aquarium regularly shares interesting live streams from underwater. This time, they posted a video of their playful Magellanic penguin, Monte, observing the other penguins in the aquarium.
In this way, zoos offer people an opportunity to relax while being bombarded by news on the coronavirus
Remember Hodari, our adorable little milky eagle owl chick? She took a trip to the Children’s Zoo recently to meet the koi fish! We are introducing her to all kinds of sights and sounds right now, so she’ll grow up to be confident and a great ambassador for her species. pic.twitter.com/4QdkVJj69l
— Dallas Zoo (@DallasZoo) March 25, 2020
Such animal meet-ups are a common practice for zookeepers
Now, we can also tune in to the live streams of many zoos and aquariums
Since the lockdown due to coronavirus, The Dallas Zoo has been sharing footages and educational videos on Twitter since the beginning of the lockdown, with the hashtag #BringTheZooToYou.
Gregg Hudson, the Dallas Zoo’s president and chief executive, explains:
“The main thing is, we want to not lose contact with the incredible base we’ve got, nearly 30,000 family members here in Dallas. We know there’s probably a lot of families at home, and we hope to offer a respite from other news that’s bombarding people.”
You can also relax with the videos of the colorful fish swimming among corals by the Tropical Reef Aquarium in Long Beach California, or visit the official webpage of Kansas City Zoo, and choose a camera to watch the animals!