By Eric Cox
CHICAGO (Reuters) – There are new tour guides on the town on the Chicago Shedd Aquarium, and they’re about to star in a youngsters’s ebook.
A video of an inseparable pair of penguins, affectionately often known as “Edward and Annie” went viral as they explored the aquatic world of sea animals on the aquarium within the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
The companions shortly rose to superstar standing. With the aquarium closed to guests, the empty halls have been an journey awaiting the waddling duo to go to a few of their fellow inhabitants.
“They go on subject journeys, and we take them throughout the aquarium which spurred their stardom being out and about through the pandemic,” stated Megan Vens-Policky, an animal caretaker.
The wandering birds introduced a silver lining to their digital viewers throughout quarantines and a cycle of lockdowns. Trainers have stated that the birds’ freedom to roam has been useful to their very own welfare, too.
They’ve even visited one other Chicago superstar: Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton on the close by Subject Museum.
For sure, Edward and Annie’s notoriety has solely simply begun. A ebook titled “Edward and Annie: A Penguin Journey” is slated to hit cabinets subsequent month.
“It wasn’t on my thoughts that it must be a youngsters’s ebook — but it surely introduced a lot pleasure to me, my household and so many individuals that I believed it made since to go that path,” stated Caryn Rivadeneira, the writer.
The birds shall be central characters of the ebook because it highlights the challenges and enjoyable when embarking on new adventures.
“The ebook talks about how new issues which are totally different generally is a little scary, however thrilling on the similar time. I hope that our readers can take that to coronary heart and faucet into that sense of journey,” Vens-Policky stated.
The ebook will go on sale March 1. A portion of proceeds will profit the penguins on the Shedd Aquarium, and conservations for penguins within the wild.
(Writing by Bianca Flowers; Modifying by Caroline Stauffer and Lisa Shumaker)