The coronavirus has forced businesses across the nation to close their doors to patrons — zoos included. But the lack of human visitors at the San Diego Zoo has given reason for the keepers to allow some of their residents, notably the penguins, to get out and explore.
According to HuffPost, staff let Dot the African penguin wander around the zoo. Dot, for her part, waddled to see the orangutan exhibit.
Rich Schwartz, San Diego Zoo Global ambassador, told People that, “The penguin team decided to offer an additional training session with the orangutans to celebrate World Penguin Day and raise awareness for these warm-weather birds.”
Schwartz also noted that the penguins, orangutans and other animals gain enrichment from people-watching. With no guests at the zoo, they need some other way to stay occupied.
Read more about Dot’s adventure at the San Diego Zoo and watch the full video from HuffPost.