Animal Adaptation to Life During Lockdown
As mankind has adapted to social distancing and isolation during lockdown, animals across the world have been making use of deserted streets to venture out of their normal habitats to relish the peace and quiet of cities and towns, particularly those animals more commonly found in sheltered woods, scrubland and jungles.
A jaguar normally too frightened to interact with the local population, was caught on CCTV in Tulum, Mexico, wandering around the quiet streets.
A puma was seen reclaiming its native land in Santiago, the capital city of Chile. It was later captured and turned over to a local zoo.
Coyotes are occasionally sighted around the bay area of San Francisco, USA, and the streets of the city usually thronging with tourist from across the world. However, during lockdown it has become home to bold packs of Coyotes sunning themselves on some deserted residential streets.
The lions of South Africa are most often seen in the tree covered bushlands or nature reserves but have been taking advantage of the lack of transport on the roads to laze in the midday sun. These lions were seen making use of a deserted highway to lie down for a rest.
Monkeys are often seen on the outskirts of towns and cities in Thailand, but these Rhesus Monkeys have taken over residing in the grounds of the Presidential Palace, Bangkok.
Himalayan Black Bears have been leaving their mountainous lands to venture into the streets of Gangtok, the capital city of the state of Sikkim in India.
Animals across the globe are obviously making good use during this time of peace, quiet and isolation to absorb the experience of life without humans. What will happen when lockdown eases and the animals face themselves with natural habitat’s again? Will man and wildlife be able to live together with a better understanding of each other? Only time will tell!