It seems that the longer the coronavirus-enforced lockdown goes on, the more we are seeing wild animals entering into our cities.
Some people may say the animals are simply reclaiming what was taken from them. It’s certainly been a pleasant reminder that wild animals have been able to survive living on the periphery of our world.
And hopefully in the future, when lockdown if lifted, we’ll treat our environment with a little more care and respect, knowing that these animals’ survival depends upon it.
Without the usual busy roads full of motor vehicles and people, there have been some amazing sights of animals calmly wandering around urban landscapes during the lockdown.
From elephants in India to deer in Japan. To lambs playing on a round-about in England to a coyote posing next to the Golden Gate bridge, to a bear in Austria. Not to mention pumas in Chile, otters in Singapore and monkeys in Thailand.
In some cases like the Thai monkeys, the animals are reported to be missing the presence of tourists, who are a food source, either directly feeding animals, or leaving litter behind.
But in many other instances, it seems to be more curiosity and a sense of exploration that has brought these animals right into our neighborhoods.
Pic credit: Becca Cook
Like this fox for instance, looking quite peaceful having a nap
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the sweetest lil fox sleeping on a tree stump in my parent’s backyard 🥺🥺 pic.twitter.com/nDlHrgdmfH
— Sara Ryan (@SaraReneeRyan) March 17, 2020
Pic credit: SaraReneeRyan
Or these deer, looking pretty relaxed in someone’s front garden in Romford, East London.
Harold Hill in Romford, East London couple of days ago
Meanwhile in Singapore, otters are making merry in the city’s fountains and happily darting about on the sidewalks.
The otters may be harmless, but in Santiago, Chile, rather more intimidating creatures in the form of pumas have been roaming city streets.
Mountain lions, such as these In Colorado, are another an animal you would only want to view from inside the safety of your home.
Pic credit: Reddit
There have been some strange sightings as well. Have you ever heard of an Ibex? It’s an alpine species of goat, who are apparently enjoying empty beaches on the Mediterranean.
Ibex were seen at Almog (Coral) Beach in Eilat.
Video taken by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. pic.twitter.com/LWmmhZjxzD
— ~Legacy~ נפתלי בן מתתיהו (@Immort4l_Legacy) March 27, 2020
What about a Spotted Malabar civet? This critically endangered mammal recently appeared in India.
— Dón Grieshnak (@DGrieshnak) March 26, 2020
You may have heard of the Capybara – the largest rodent in the world. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, they’ve been spotted wandering around neighborhoods.
While we, humans pay the high price of the decisions we made, they, our beloved animals, are recovering their place, the one that was once stolen from them ..#capybara #capibara pic.twitter.com/LmnK3ohgoq
— Warriors4Wildlife_SA™🌐Ⓥ🐾 (@AleZ2016) March 30, 2020
Here are some more of the amazing sightings:
A big moose in Lithuania.
Atsargiai, briedis aukštakalnyje laksto
Gepostet von Deividas Kurlavičius am Samstag, 4. April 2020
Cute baby boars in Spain:
On a positive note, at least nature is returning to our cities. This is from Bergamo, Italy… pic.twitter.com/VvUUPt3WZg
— Robert Woodshaw (@robertwoodshaw) March 30, 2020
A bear in the streets of Austria:
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