Wildlife takes to the streets while people stay indoors


Animals make their presence known on streets and waterways as people retreat to their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Here is a glimpse of some places in the world where animals take to almost deserted streets in the middle of a widespread stop.

Semi-urban fallow deer are a regular sight in the area around Dagnam Park in Romford, England, but deer have staked a claim on new territories in the vicinity, as the roads have become quieter due to locking at the nationwide.

Here, a woman stops to watch deer resting and grazing on the grass outside the houses of a nearby subdivision on April 2, 2020.

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A herd of Kashmiri goats invaded a Welsh seaside resort after the coronavirus shutdown left the streets deserted. Goats normally live on the rocky Great Elm near Llandudno, Wales, but are occasional visitors to the seaside town.

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City Councilor Carol Marubbi told Reuters goats don’t normally come to town unless the weather is horrible, but they probably realized something unusual was happening because there were so few people around.

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Like a number of tourist hotspots around the world, the popular UNESCO-listed city of Nara has seen fewer visitors. The deer, well known in Nara for living within the confines of their grassy park, roam the residential area of ​​the city due to the lack of food partially fed by tourists, according to media reports.

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Despite the city’s tourist decline, these wild animals are doing very well without the treats of tourists, according to a deer protection group.

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Sri Lanka

This wild deer, from a herd used to mingling with and feeding on the local population, walks in a deserted street during a national lock imposed by the government against the coronavirus COVID-19, in the city port of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.

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This puma, which the Chile Agriculture and Livestock Service says is about a year old, was found on the streets of Santiago, probably looking for food after moving away from the nearby Manquehue Mountain.

(Andres Pina / Reuters)


A seabird swims near a gondola in a Venice canal, as the clearer waters may be the result of the stopping of motor boat traffic.

United States

And it’s not just the streets that are overrun. With their aquarium closed to the public, the staff of the Shedd aquarium in Chicago lets the penguins go on excursions. Here. Wellington, a 32-year-old jumping penguin, is fortunate to meet belugas who also make the aquarium their home.

(Shedd Aquarium / Reuters)


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