Chester Zoo Is Doing Virtual Tours Live On Facebook Today
Never before has the demand for close-up live footage of a red panda chewing a bit of apple been so high - and thankfully, Chester Zoo is giving the people what they want.
The zoo is throwing open its 'virtual gates' today (Friday 27 March) and taking visitors on a live guided tour of the site on its Facebook page.
The tour kicked off at 10am with a visit to the aforementioned red pandas, which did not disappoint. The footage has been viewed almost a million times, with even Vodafone getting involved in the comments, describing the animals as 'soooo cute' - which they definitely are.
Next up at 11am were Rothschild's giraffes - which apparently don't like being touched much, but do like eating very much - followed by the Asian elephants at noon and the butterfly enclosure at 1pm.
Fear not though if you're late to the game, as you can still view all the footage on the Facebook page, and unlike with sport, it doesn't really matter if the creature you are looking at is in real time or not.
What's more, there's plenty more animals to go on the tour yet. At 2pm the zoo keepers will be taking us to see the Sun bears, followed by Sumatran tigers at 2.30pm, Humboldt penguins at 3pm and finally the aquarium at 4pm - though this schedule may be tweaked slightly.
The zoo has also teased that there may be a few surprises along the way on its first ever virtual tour.
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Did you enjoy getting up close and personal with he Rothschild's giraffes?
You can find out more about them on our animal fact file: https://t.co/QxVej5Jh3K
Up next, Asian elephants :elephant: at 12:00 on Facebook! pic.twitter.com/wNh3a6yaNu
- Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) March 27, 2020
Hats off to the guys at Chester Zoo for taking the time to do this, as these videos are proving just the tonic while we're all missing nature and the outdoors.
The videos streamed thus far have received tens of thousands of likes and comments, almost all of which are thanking the zoo for what they're doing.
One person commented: "Great idea Chester Zoo. My three-year-old is daughter loving seeing the animals."
Another added: "Thank you for bringing some happiness to us stuck at home during these stressful times. Beautiful animals."
You can get involved by heading over to the Chester Zoo Facebook page.
Let's all bring some positivity, support and fun to anyone who might find themselves in isolation as a result of the coronavirus spread. Need some entertainment? Join Isolation Nation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronasupport/
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