Don’t worry, Chesty XV is absolutely thriving in quarantine

This video is making our hearts explode.

When Marine Barracks Washington D.C. announced it would be postponing parade season in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), my immediate thought was, obviously, “What about Chesty?!”

Parade season, which includes a weekly Friday evening parade throughout the summer, is Marine Corps mascot Lance Cpl. Chesty XV's time to shine. The very good boy and beloved Marine is a major highlight of the events, receiving an official introduction and even starting rehearsals the day before for his big Friday night debut. 

So with parade season pushed back, clearly I had some concerns: How is Chesty doing? Is he quarantining? Is he missing his fans? Does he have enough toys?!

Thankfully, we now know that he's doing just fine. 

A video released on Monday, created by Cpl. James Bourgeois (Chesty's handler), Gunnery Sgt. John Jackson and Lance Cpl. Allen Sanders, shows our favorite Marine going about his business — socially distanced, of course. 

Chesty is no doubt eagerly awaiting his chance to shine in the spotlight once again; as one of his handlers told me last summer, Chesty can “be a bit of a diva” and thrives on attention. 

But until then, he'll continue doing what he does best: making our hearts explode one adorable little salute at a time. And maybe someday, he'll finally get a hang of the whole face mask thing. 

Haley Britzky

Haley Britzkyis the Army reporter for Task & Purpose, covering the daily happenings in the Army and how they impact soldiers and their families, as well as broader national security issues. Originally from Texas, Haley previously worked at Axios before joining Task & Purpose in January 2019. Contact the author here.

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