Animals Frolic In The Absence Of Humans


Sue the T. Rex goes on a tour in Chicago's empty Field Museum (Credit: Field Museum/Twitter)

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we knew it just a few weeks ago. Millions of people worldwide are now under mandatory or voluntary lockdowns. All public attractions, including museums and aquariums, are shuttered, and the usually crowded streets of popular tourist destinations are desolate. An unanticipated silver lining during these challenging times for humans is that many of the Earth's other inhabitants are finally getting a chance to leave their normal habitats and roam freely.

The first animals to take advantage of human absence were Annie and Edward, two rockhopper penguins who reside at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. A video released on March 15, 2020, showed the couple eagerly waddling around, exploring the aquarium's various exhibits. The footage, which instantly went viral, inspired other institutions to share clips of their four-legged residents frolicking as well.

A costumed SUE takes a few minutes break to ponder about dinosaurs at Chicago's Field Museum (Credit: Field Museum/Twitter)

On March 18, 2020, SUE the Tyrannosaurus-rex (T.Rex) was seen stomping across the marble floors of Chicago's Field Museum to get a closer look at the penguins. When reached for comment, SUE replied, "This is the moment I have been waiting for. The museum is mine to roam. The theropod revolution has begun."

However, rest assured the dinosaur was not the real SUE — the world's best-preserved and most complete T. Rex skeleton — but a costumed version created by the institution's social media team.

The Cincinnati Zoo kickstarted its Home Safari live stream series with resident baby hippo, Fiona (Credit: Cincinnati Zoo/ Youtube screen capture)

The Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio joined the fun trend on March 16, 2020, with a "Home Safari" live-stream series — the first starring its adorable baby hippo, Fiona. "Let us help make your children's hiatus from school fun and educational," zoo officials announced on Facebook. "Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3 pm (Eastern Time), where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home."

Meanwhile, the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and the Monterey Aquarium have kept their webcams rolling, allowing fans to enjoy colorful jellyfishes, lovable sleeping koalas, and vibrant coral reef habitats without leaving home.

Animals in the wild are also flourishing as humans stay indoors. The absence of cruise ships is bringing large numbers of dolphins to the Italian port of Cagliari, while flocks of wild turkeys are happily roaming the streets of Oakland, California. In San Felipe, Panama, a group of raccoons have frequently been seen testing their surfing skills at the area's beautiful beaches.

Though the animals indeed appear to be having a good time, the heartwarming videos and images shared on social media, are also bringing much-needed cheer to millions of humans worldwide.

Stay strong and healthy! We are all in this together!


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  • mxctrebleclef
    mxctrebleclefTuesday, June 23, 2020 at 1:46 pm
    Too cute!!! Animals just get cuter and cuter. I mean, who wouldn't agree?!
    • ketana
      ketanaWednesday, June 17, 2020 at 8:58 am
      The dolphins are my favorite
      • spaceycat
        spaceycatThursday, June 11, 2020 at 8:42 pm
        Dinosaurs be like😎
        • zoieg2010
          zoieg2010Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 5:21 pm
          My fave is the penguin one ❤🐧☝
          • zoieg2010
            zoieg2010Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 5:17 pm
            Lol thoughs animals are so.cute and funny
            • wolfiegamer3
              wolfiegamer3Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6:51 pm
              I watched the dolphin one five billion times so adorable ❤❤❤❤ <3
              • leiker1414
                leiker1414Monday, June 8, 2020 at 11:22 am
              • prather1234ps
                prather1234psThursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:54 am
                cool! like and follow
                • tatercandy
                  tatercandyTuesday, May 26, 2020 at 3:11 pm
                  The boars were hogging the road! LOL
                  • mxctrebleclef
                    mxctrebleclefTuesday, June 23, 2020 at 1:47 pm
                    • goodvibesonly09
                      goodvibesonly09Friday, July 3, 2020 at 8:04 am
                      I dont know if u ment to make it a joke because boars are like hogs but either way its true!
                  • funneh
                    funnehSunday, May 24, 2020 at 11:20 am
                    i watched it like 100000000 times!!!
                    • blueclaw
                      blueclawSaturday, May 23, 2020 at 7:30 am