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Penguin 'meets' belugas as it waddles around empty aquarium closed due to the coronavirus outbreak 

An adorable penguin was caught on camera checking in on its neighbours at an empty aquarium during the coronavirus lockdown. 

The footage was recorded at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, which currently remains closed due to the outbreak.

The inquisitive rockhopper penguin called Wellington, who is one of the oldest at the attraction, was allowed to roam around the other exhibits before stopping to greet a pod of beluga whales. 

In the footage, Wellington can be seen waddling in front of the pane of glass as his feet gently tap along the floor.

One of the beluga whales swims straight past him before turning back around to get a closer look.

The pair pause briefly and glance inquisitively at each other.

The inquisitive rockhopper penguin called Wellington, who is one of the oldest at the attraction, was allowed to roam around the other exhibits at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois

Wellington waddled in front of the pane of glass as one of the beluga whales turned toward him to get a closer look

The beluga presses its head up against the window as Wellington lets out a small squawk before the other two whales in the exhibit pop into view to greet the visitor.

One of the zookeepers behind the camera, who was supervising Wellington at all times, says 'who's that?' as she encourages the interaction.

The penguin continues to jolt his head from side-to-side while he inspects his new friends.

He shuffles back and forth once again and is closely followed by one of the curious belugas.    

He made friends with a pod of beluga whales called Kayavak, Mauyak and baby Annik but it is unlikely that beluga whales, from the northern hemisphere, and rockhopper penguins, found in the south pole, would ever meet in the wild

The penguin continues to jolt his head from side-to-side while he inspects his new friends. He shuffles back and forth once again and is closely followed by one of the curious belugas

Shedd Aquarium originally posted the video on Twitter alongside the caption: 'Wellington, meet the belugas! 

'This weekend, Wellington visited Kayavak, Mauyak and baby Annik, who were very curious about this little rockhopper. 

'Belugas are northern hemisphere animals, so they would likely never see a penguin [who live at the south pole]!' 

And Wellington is not the first penguin to be allowed to roam around with the attraction previously telling 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.'

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