Coronavirus: Emboldened animals reclaim city streets as millions stay indoors in lockdown
As the coronavirus pandemic leaves the world’s major cities deserted by humans, animals have been spotted enjoying the peace and quiet.
The global outbreak of the virus has seen many countries such as Spain, Italy, Japan and Chile, as well as the UK, impose a lockdown on citizens.
But mother nature is making the most of the situation, with various wild animals spotted reclaiming the streets of some of the world’s most densely populated areas.
In the north Wales seaside town of Llandudno, mountain goats were seen roaming free on the streets after coming down from the hilly grasslands of the Orme.
A local councillor told the BBC that the herd was drawn this time by the lack of people and tourists due to the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting quarantine measures.
In Odisha, India, Olive Ridley turtles were seen along the coastline in their hundreds undisturbed by human interference.
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In east London, a herd of 100 deer, believed to have come from nearby Dagnam Park, got comfortable at a housing estate in Harold Hill.
Similar scenes have been captured in the ancient Japanese capital of Nara, where around 100 deer were seen casually walking around the city.
Deer normally walk around the parkland, where they are fed by tourists, but they’re now straying further into the city streets than usual to look for food.
Spotted deer were also seen wandering along a road in the city of Tirupati, in India’s populous Uttar Pradesh region, during the nation’s lockdown of 1.3 billion people.
In the north of Italy, wild boar have been seen roaming regions such as Bergamo, with one filmed tottering through empty cobbled streets with her little ones in tow.
Paris has also become a playground for a pack of wild boar making the most of quieter-than-usual city, while crowds in the French capital have vanished during lockdown.
And in the Chilean capital Santiago, Puma were seen on the streets of the city, the fourth most populous metropolis in South America.
According to Chile’s Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), puma came down from the nearby mountains in search for food as less people are seen in the streets due to the COVID-19 pandemic.