- Two dolphins named Liko and Schooner have been photographed meeting a sloth named Chico at the Texas State Aquarium.
- One of the silver linings to come out of closed zoos and animal centres is watching their inhabitants get to meet each other as part of enrichment programs.
- Pictures of the dolphins and sloth meeting were posted on the aquarium’s Facebook page, where it was suggested Liko even tried to do an upside-down sloth impression.
- The aquarium’s manager of marketing and communications, Seamus McAfee, told Insider: “In true sloth fashion, Chico was pretty sleepy when we brought him to our underwater view to meet the dolphins, but he did open his eyes a few times to check them out.”
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With tourist attractions around the world closed to human visitors, the inhabitants of some zoos and aquariums have been getting to meet each other for the first time.
Though the Texas State Aquarium is also temporarily closed, one snoozy VIP was given a tour of the dolphin area.
Chico the sloth was introduced to the dolphins Liko and Schooner as part of the aquarium’s animal-enrichment program, and they seemed eager to get a good look at him.
The feeling, however, wasn’t quite reciprocated.
Speaking with Insider, Seamus McAfee, the manager of marketing and communications at the aquarium, said over email: “In true sloth fashion, Chico was pretty sleepy when we brought him to our underwater view to meet the dolphins, but he did open his eyes a few times to check them out.
“The dolphins, meanwhile, seemed to really enjoy meeting the new arrival, as you can see in the pictures.”
In a Facebook post, the aquarium commented that the pair were curious about meeting Chico, and it shared some photos of the sweet interaction.
The post even suggested that Liko was inspired to try an upside-down sloth impression.
But Chico isn’t the only animal who has met the aquarium’s dolphins.
“Our four dolphins – Shadow, Kai, Liko, and Schooner – often get opportunities to meet other Aquarium residents as part of their enrichment, and in the past they have gotten to meet baby gators, an African serval, a red-tailed boa, and others,” McAfee told Insider.
He commented that as intelligent mammals, the dolphins were almost always curious about any new introduction to their environment, including the sight of a new animal, so they usually come close to check them out.
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