With the humans away, the animals can play. And two pretty unexpected species seem to have become best friends at the Toronto Zoo after the tortoises were taken for a stroll down by the gorilla exhibit. The apes seemed pretty taken with their new friends, and the adorable moment was shared onto the zoo's social media pages.
As the zoo deals with a lack of visitors, they've managed to find ways to work around that by allowing some of their capable animals to roam freely (with supervision, of course) around the exhibits.
And Monday saw an unlikely bond formed during a cross-species visit.
"Some of our tortoises went on an adventure (and some met a few new friends along the way)," reads the zoo's Instagram post shared on April 6.
The two distinct animals came face-to-face as the tortoises crept up to the gorilla enclosure glass window, meeting a few new faces.
The gorillas, evidently curious, wanted to see their small visitors and perched themselves up to get a good look.
Honestly, this is the kind of friendship story we think would make a pretty good animated movie.
But this isn't the first group of animals to take a much-needed walk across the park.
A group of donkeys and four-legged mammals walked down to the polar bear exhibit recently and met each other, more than likely for the first time.
Our gorillas had some unexpected visitors today 🦍🐢 #ClosedButStillCaring #TheZooToYou https://t.co/qMT2q2JYlW— The Toronto Zoo (@The Toronto Zoo)1586202706.0
Others took part in activities that, typically, zoo-goers would not necessarily expect to see when they go for a visit.
Those sights have included a crow playing Connect Four and hippos taking part in some face painting.
The zoo also welcomed an adorable new mouflon to their family. A mouflon, for what it's worth, is a type of wild sheep. And he's so cute that we're sure his other four-legged friends will make sure to make a pit stop to meet him.
Given all the interactions, this may seem like a really exciting time for our animal friends. But, if you're feeling major FOMO, you can always hop on their live stream and feel like you're right there.
You'll be able to see some of their penguins and gorillas, as well.
The zoo continuously makes efforts to keep their animals entertained while their typical two-legged visitors are unable to make a visit.
And, honestly, it seems like some of them are dealing with all this better than we are.