The world has changed considerably since the outbreak and spread of the novel Coronavirus in early 2020. Subsequent government measures taken to lock down states and cities have changed life considerably, and humans have hardly been the only ones affected. In the midst of the pandemic, both environmentalists and everyday folks, equipped with their cell phone cameras, have been quick to notice a change in Mother Nature. Media coverage has highlighted the reduction in CO2 emissions and the peculiar resurgence of animals in places previously inhabited by humans. Take a look at this photographic evidence of some of the animals that have been caught out in the open while the world has been locked down.
1. Rhesus Macaques In India
With a population of over 1.6 million people and tens of millions of cars, lockdown measures in India have left ample opportunity for animals to fill the void. There have been numerous sightings of different species, including peacocks in Mumbai and stray dogs taking to emptied streets, but none have made their presence more felt than these guys.
Having adapted extremely well to urban areas these Rhesus macaques are used to receiving food handouts from their human neighbors. With shrines and temples closed, and the majority of the population forced to stay indoors, these monkeys have become even more unruly the past few months. In this photograph taken in Guwahati, India, a man takes some time to feed the monkeys amidst the background of an otherwise empty street.
2. Great Orme Kashmiri Goats In Wales
Originally planning to adopt a strategy of ‘herd immunity’ and resist putting the country under quarantine, the United Kingdom finally backtracked and ordered its citizens to stay home towards the end of March 2020. From the insides of their homes, several North Wales residents noticed these Great Orme Kashmiri goats strolling about the town.
These goats typically dwell on the hill that overlooks the town of Llandudno in North Whales and do not venture close to human beings. Human absence has allowed the goats to take full advantage of an otherwise unavailable food source. Unfortunately, this has come at the expense of many town residents who have observed the goats grazing on shrubs and plants from their own gardens.
3. Dolphins In Turkey
Dolphins are curious creatures and have been known to come into contact with humans even in the wild. It is highly unusual, however, to see dolphins in the Bosphorus strait along the coastline of Istanbul, Turkey. The narrow channel holds international significance, creating the continental boundary between Europe and Asia, and connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara.
Since April 23, Turkey began enforcing lock down measures and dolphins have been seen swimming in what is otherwise a busy maritime zone. Less traffic from ships and a ban on fishing have allowed the dolphins access to an area of ocean that was formerly off-limits.
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