Mar 16, 2020 - Science

Penguin goes on "field trip" in Chicago aquarium shut over coronavirus

Wellington the rockhopper penguin. Photo: Shedd Aquarium/Twitter

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is one of many venues around the country that has been forced to close over the novel coronavirus outbreak — and with no people around, the resident penguins have taken to exploring the place.

Details: Shedd Aquarium shared a video to Twitter Sunday of a Wellington the rockhopper penguin on a "field trip to meet other animals." The aquarium told the Chicago Tribune caretakers are "getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals" and "introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviors."

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Hong Kong dog diagnosed with "low-level" coronavirus infection

Pet groomers take preventive measure against the coronavirus while working on the dogs. Photo: Lam Yik/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Pet owners are urged to adopt "good hygiene practices" like avoiding kissing animals after a dog was found to have a "low-level of infection" of the novel coronavirus, Hong Kong authorities said in a statement Wednesday.

Why it matters: This would appear to be the first case of a likely human-to-animal transmission, per a spokesman for the city's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. But he stressed there's "no evidence that pet animals can be a source of infection of COVID-19 or that they become sick."

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How climate change and wildlife influence the coronavirus

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The good news is, climate change is not directly at play with the coronavirus. The bad news: we humans are still root drivers in pandemics like this one.

Driving the news: Buying, selling and consuming wild animals, such as at the Wuhan, China, market where this novel coronavirus is believed to have originated, is increasingly spreading deadly infectious diseases, experts say.

Go deeperArrowMar 27, 2020 - Science

Twitter labels Biden clip retweeted by Trump as "manipulated media"

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Twitter has placed a "manipulated media" label on an edited video of 2020 candidate Joe Biden delivering a speech. The video was originally tweeted by White House social media director Dan Scavino and retweeted by President Trump.

Why it matters: This appears to be the first time Twitter has used that label to call out a visual that it considers to have been doctored with the intention of manipulating users.

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