As people around the world stay indoors to combat the spread of coronavirus, urban areas that are noisy and dominated by humans are suddenly peaceful. Wild animals are taking advantage of this and coming out to play.
Around the world news channels have reported sika deer on the road and subway stations in Nara, Japan, cougars exploring residential buildings in Santiago, Chile, a pride of lions sleeping on a road at South Africa’s Krueger National Park and even people have even spotted a gang of turkeys in the Bay Area.
There has also been some good news for sea turtles. As a rarity, hundreds and thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles were found nesting on the beaches of Odisha, India. Rare Leatherback turtles have been found nesting on the beaches of Thailand after almost two decades. Experts believe that travel bans and stay-at-home measures have left the beaches free of locals and tourists creating the correct perfect conditions for nesting.
Another beautiful sighting are the flamingoes in Navi Mumbai, India. A record-breaking number of flamingos have migrated to the area, painting the marshy wetlands pink. Authorities say that 25% more flamingos have migrated to the region compared to last year, likely caused by the decrease in human activity. Flamingos typically migrate to wetlands of Mumbai from November to May, but this year’s lockdown is giving these birds perfect conditions to flock together and obtain food easily.
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