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Excited dolphins at an aquarium do an upside-down impression of their new Sloth friend

Emma Taylor , Business Insider US
 Apr 19, 2020, 05:04 PM
Liko and Schooner the dolphins met a sloth called Chico and nearly lost their minds from joy.
Texas State Aquarium
  • Liko and Schooner the dolphins have been photographed meeting Chico the sloth at the Texas State Aquarium.
  • One of the silver linings to come out of closed zoos and animal centers 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 currently closed to human visitors, the inhabitants of some zoos and aquariums have been getting to meet each other for the first time.

Although 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 dolphins Liko and Schooner as part of the aquarium's animal enrichment program, and they were very eager to get a good look at him.

The dolphins were into Chico, but in true sloth fashion he only opened his eyes a few times.
Texas State Aquarium
However, the feeling wasn't quite reciprocated.

Speaking to Insider, Seamus McAfee, 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."

Liko and Schooner really enjoyed meeting Chico the sloth.
Texas State Aquarium
In a Facebook post, the aquarium commented that the pair were very curious about meeting Chico, and shared some photos of the sweet interaction.

The post even suggested that Liko was so enamoured by their visitor, they were inspired to try an upside-down sloth impression.

Liko was inspired to try a sloth impression.
Texas State Aquarium
But Chico isn't the only animal who has met the aquarium's dolphins.

McAfee told Insider: "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've gotten to meet baby gators, an African serval, a red-tailed boa, and others."

Chico isn't the first animal the dolphins have met, as part of the enrichment programme they've seen a number of other aquarium inhabitants.
Texas State Aquarium

He commented that as intelligent mammals, the dolphins are almost always very 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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