Take a break and hang out with Joona.

By Stacey Leasca
Updated June 06, 2020
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It’s time to shut off work for just a minute and take a quick break. Why? Because the Denver Zoo just put up a baby animal livestream you really have to see.

Zoos around the world have been getting in the virtual action for weeks, offering up live cameras on some of the coolest animals in the world. This includes the Georgia Aquarium’s beluga livestream, the Atlanta Zoo’s panda camera, and now, the Denver Zoo’s baby rhino camera too.

“You asked and we listened! We now have a Baby Rhino Live Cam up and running,” the zoo shared on its website. “You can enjoy our greater one-horned bundle of joy right here.”

The rhino caf, named Joona, can be seen each and every day as she spends time with her much, much larger mom, Tensing, in their baby-proofed indoor bedroom.

“She’s spending more and more time outside now in Toyota Elephant Passage now that it’s warmer, so check back soon if you don’t see her,” the zoo explained.

Courtesy Denver Zoo

But, this isn’t the only virtual offering the Denver Zoo has right now. After watching the baby rhino for a bit, head over to the zoo’s virtual safari program, which features daily videos of the animals, along with activities for animal fans of all ages.

"The Zoo is reaching out to the community with a new resource to help families stay connected to its animals and stave off cabin fever during this difficult time," the zoo said in a news release. "Zoo to You: Virtual Safari will be updated daily with new animal videos, wildlife-themed activities, and other ideas that families can do at home."

And remember, taking breaks to watch animals while working from home isn’t only great for your state of mind, but it may also make you a more productive worker. As Travel + Leisure previously explained, scientists at Hiroshima University in Japan conducted three experiments in 2012 with 132 university students to better understand the human response to adorable animal images. The team concluded, taking a beak and looking at cute animal images may actually improve someone’s work performance on detail-oriented tasks.

“This study shows that viewing cute things improves subsequent performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness, possibly by narrowing the breadth of attentional focus,” researcher Hiroshi Nittono wrote.

These findings become even more important when you consider a 2009 study showed "Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing" also leads to better productivity.

"People need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration," researcher Dr. Brent Coker said in a statement. "Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the internet, enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a days work, and as a result, increased productivity."

So go ahead, put up a five minute out of office message and zone out to a baby rhino. You’ll be a better employee for it.