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Chester Zoo Is Doing Virtual Tours Live On Facebook Today

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.

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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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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."

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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/

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, Awesome, Community, Animals

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.