Golden Retriever Gets To Spend Day At Aquarium And Makes Friends With Dolphins
Kevin, a friendly pooch from Tampa, Florida who goes by @agoldennamedkevin on Instagram, has over 200,000 followers and is known for his friendly nature and cute duck hat.
In an unexpected turn of events, Florida's Clearwater Marine Aquarium contacted Kevin's owners, inviting the good-natured pooch to come in for a day.
Footage of the day trip has highlighted the important work carried out by aquariums and zoos, many of which have struggled during lockdown, with loss of ticket revenue and ongoing maintenance costs.
The day trip kicked off when Kevin received a personal video invitation from a fellow duck-lover, Clearwater's dolphin Winter.
As you can see from the footage below, Kev looks very happy to RSVP.
Kev and his human, Elysse Gorney, then FaceTimed with Winter and her animal carer Katie Wojdyla, to iron out further details of the trip.
On the day itself, the lucky pooch had the entire aquarium to himself and came face-to-face with pelicans, sea turtles, and stingrays.
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But the fun didn't stop there. Kevin also checked out the shiny new Stone Dolphin Complex with five pools, meeting Winter IRL along with dolphin pals PJ, Hope, Nicholas and Hemingway.
To round off the day, Kevin got to go for a swim in the Winter Zone with animal care specialist Katie - talk about an action-packed day.
Thankfully, the whole thing was documented on social media - and it's just about the cutest thing we've ever seen.
Speaking to Travel & Leisure, Katie said: "Swimming with Kevin in Winter's old home was definitely a day I won't forget.
"Not only was it easier to breathe because we were above water, but it was an extra special moment where my passions for animals, the environment, and our oceans all combined.
"I absolutely love all our rescued animals at CMA, but there is just something about a dog that makes me smile," she added.
Kevin and Winter: the beautiful friendship we need in 2020.
Featured Image Credit: Credit: YouTube / Clearwater Marine Aquarium
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