People’s Hearts Are Melting Over These Videos Of Zoo Animals Meeting Other Animals For The First Time
At the moment, a number of establishments have already ceased operations in compliance with the government-mandated quarantine. And zoos, aquariums, as well as botanic gardens are no exception. But while their doors remain closed to the public, their social media channels remain active to spread some positivity online. Videos of zoo animals interacting with each other for the first time have recently surfaced on various social media platforms. Apparently, people just couldn’t get enough of these adorable encounters.
Not too long ago, we’ve seen how the cute penguins of Shedd Aquarium in Chicago roamed freely inside their premises. Prior to that, we’ve also witnessed the surprisingly sweet encounter between a seal puppy and a dachshund. Well, this time, we have a sea lion meeting a tegu for the first time. And, we have to say, it was a pretty intense staring game!
A snippet of the delightful meetup instantly went viral after an illustrator shared it on their Twitter account. Well, it turns out the two newfound buddies are from the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. And while the aquarium has temporarily closed its doors, the underwater adventure continues via their social media pages. Aside from sharing fun facts, the aquarium keepers are also constantly keeping the public updated of the animals’ daily routines.
Pray for the zoo animals in this time of crisis. I mean, they’re getting really well taken care of, but they’re also living through an era of zookeepers saying, “Y’know what? Fuck it, lets just show them each other!” pic.twitter.com/DazZP88322
Magellanic penguins are excellent long-distance swimmers. With their powerful wings, they can hit speeds of 15 mph. Monte explored the Polar Play Zone and stopped to watch Dolores and Mercedes swim. pic.twitter.com/dYiDhdGhNM
Remember Hodari, our adorable little milky eagle owl chick? She took a trip to the Children’s Zoo recently to meet the koi fish! We are introducing her to all kinds of sights and sounds right now, so she’ll grow up to be confident and a great ambassador for her species. pic.twitter.com/4QdkVJj69l
Meanwhile, one zookeeper has revealed that such encounters are a regular practice among wildlife parks
I’ll be real we do this all the time anyways lol (at my facility we call it “visual species interaction” to sound ~fancy~) we just don’t usually record it and put it on our social media! Plus right now we can go for like, long walks and not have to worry about operating hours woo
We also took our seriema to our aviary – she was very interested in the other birds, not so much in any other animals. The flamingos and the sunbittern were very interested in her too (the sunbittern tried to scare her off lol).
We’ve also taken both the serval and our coati to see the dolphins. The dolphins wanted to eat the serval (it was kinda hilarious, with a foot of glass in between them), the serval wasn’t interested. The coati and the dolphins were mutually disinterested.
The zookeeper also provided interesting insights on some of the animals’ peculiar traits
Unsurprisingly, lots of our predatory species like looking at the chickens (from a safe distance, and outside the enclosure of course). The chickens are Fearless. They live next door to the serval. He enjoys chicken TV but the chickens don’t seem to care he exists
(We observed the chickens closely when we first moved them in to make sure that location wasn’t too stressful for them, but they never even seemed to notice the serval exists, even when he was Very Interested in them right after they moved in)
The parrots can be interested in fish, sometimes. They are mostly disinterested in other birds. I also recently took the rats to see the ducks. The ducks were Suspicious and I don’t think the rats realized the ducks exist.