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SUE The T-Rex Explores The Field Museum (And Meets Some Penguins)

A video shows someone in a dinosaur costume looking at exhibits in the closed museum's Hall of Birds.

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CHICAGO — First, penguins toured the Shedd. Now, dinosaurs are roaming the Field.

A video of the Shedd Aquarium’s penguins touring the closed aquarium went viral Monday. In response, the Field Museum apparently allowed “SUE” — its famous T-rex — to escape from its special suite and explore the museum halls.

A video shows someone in a dinosaur costume looking at exhibits in the museum’s Hall of Birds. The dino gets particularly excited when looking at a display of penguins.

“Once SUE heard the @shedd_aquarium penguins, we really didn’t have a choice,” the museum tweeted. In another tweet, the museum added, “SUE learns birds are avian dinosaurs; demands we update the museum map to ‘Hall of Birds Tiny Theropods.'”

The museum is closed until at least the end of March as officials have shut down major attractions to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Shedd is closed, too, which is why its animal caretakers allowed the penguins to explore the aquarium over the weekend.

Here’s the (adorable) video of that expedition:

This week’s video isn’t the first time the Field has brought out a SUE the T-rex suit to humor fans.

For Christmas 2018, the staff used the dino suit to parody “Love Actually:”

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