Urban animals explore the empty streets and delight the rare people who meet them.
Quarantine and restrictive measures due to Coronavirus around the world have given parts of the natural world a rare opportunity to experience the world almost without people around them.
Urban animals explore the empty streets and delight the rare people who meet them. Other animals enjoy nature reserves and parks, and governments in some countries have announced that wildlife is experiencing a resurgence in a situation where there are no tourists.
The Bosphorus in Istanbul is, in normal circumstances, one of the busiest sea routes in the world. Huge tankers, cargo and passenger ships pass by throughout the day.
Now, due to suspended traffic and because there are no fishermen, the dolphins swim in the waters of the Bosphorus. Earlier it was not uncommon for them to be seen in the distance as dots, but now they swim near the shore and gladly approach the city.
“Wild pigs take over Haifa while the inhabitants are inside,” is the headline of the Israeli newspaper Haarec. Wild pigs were seen looking for food around Haifa before the pandemic, but the absence of people encouraged them to come closer, city residents say.
Some species of animals enjoy solitude in nature reserves or parks that were crowded with humans before the pandemic, reports BBC.
In Albania, the number of pink flamingos on the country’s west coast has increased by a third – to 3,000, as a nearby olive oil factory closed and traffic on a nearby road stopped, causing silence to the birds.
In Thailand, a herd of 30 digongs, a sea cow, was filmed swimming in Hat Chao Mai National Park, which is closed to tourists. Dugong is an endangered species and is often a prey to fishermen, and is bothered by water pollution.
In Chile, one of the big cats was found in an apartment complex. “They feel the noise has been reduced and are also looking for food, and some are lost and appear in cities,” authorities said.
An animal protection group in Germany says European pigeons are at risk of starvation, as there are no people feeding them on the streets.