Due to coronavirus concerns, the Georgia Aquarium, the host of the annual Atlanta Pride party, has closed—but not to everyone. On Thursday (March 26), puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society took a field trip to roam the empty aquarium.
“Our puppies just had the best. Day. Ever,” the Atlanta Humane Society wrote on Facebook. “They got to explore the Georgia Aquarium while it is closed to the public. They made all sorts of exciting discoveries and lots of new friends!”
The two puppies ran around the aquarium’s halls, looked at all the fish on display in the marine exhibit, and even snuck a nap in!
Georgia Aquarium is not the first aquarium to allow animals to roam freely while closed. The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has been allowing its penguins to roam the halls and filming them for social media.
Where's Wellington now? 🐧 This little rockhopper took a tour of Shedd's Wild Reef…and he's not alone! A few of the Magellanic penguins that call Shedd home joined this penguin party, checking out this massive habitat. pic.twitter.com/NcKkOtGdPw
— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 21, 2020
Where's Wellington?? 🐧 Fun fact: Wellington had a "favorite fish" on his field trip through Amazon Rising! He seemed extra interested in the neon-colored cardinal tetras. pic.twitter.com/Jv4zCCPYzj
— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 24, 2020
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