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Museum Allows 'Dinosaur' Out To Explore Exhibits Amid Coronavirus Closure

Museum Allows 'Dinosaur' Out To Explore Exhibits Amid Coronavirus Closure

Naturally, as coronavirus and lockdown measures spread, so does worry and tedium.

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But across the world, people are doing their best to spread joy however they can with varying degrees of success (I would strongly advise against watching the celebrity singalong rendition of 'Imagine' if you are already feeling a bit sick).

Chicago Field Museum has made a much more admirable attempt than Gal Gadot, Natalie Portman, Mark Ruffalo and co. (honestly, it's terrible) by sharing a video of their resident dinosaur Sue exploring the exhibits.

Sue is actually the name of the museum's world famous 67 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, which was the largest and most complete skeleton of the species when it was discovered. Clearly, this isn't Sue having a nosey about the museum, it's a person in a dinosaur suit, but it's still nice and has been viewed almost 250,000 times on Twitter.

The museum were inspired to let 'Sue' loose after Shedd Aquarium, which is also located in Chicago, allowed its penguins to roam free around the site while there are no visitors around.

Making the best of a bad situation, the aquarium shared a series of clips on Twitter of penguins enjoying a 'field trip'.

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Who'd have thought watching penguins walk around an aquarium could be so pleasing? Credit: Twitter/Shedd Aquarium
Who'd have thought watching penguins walk around an aquarium could be so pleasing? Credit: Twitter/Shedd Aquarium

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The first post read: "Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd.

"Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor."

In another post, the aquarium said: "This morning, Edward and Annie explored Shedd's rotunda.

"They are a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins, which means they are together for nesting season. Springtime is nesting season for penguins at Shedd, and this year is no different!

"While this may be a strange time for us, these days feel normal for animals at Shedd.

"Our caregivers are constantly providing new experiences for the animals to explore and express their natural behaviours with."

Explaining the thinking behind the field trips, the aquarium told the Chicago Tribune: "Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals.

"Introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviours."

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: Twitter/Field Museum

Topics: Viral, Funny, coronavirus, Community

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.