Wild Animals Exploring Uncharted Territory as Coronavirus Grips the Planet

With most of the world on lockdown, wild animals in cities amid COVID-19 crisis have been spotted in some of the world’s largest urban areas. Humans are curled up inside their houses and wild animals are exploring the uncharted territories within the isolated cities.

Usually, wild animals avoid humans and their settlements. But as the coronavirus crisis changes the rhythms of urban life, there are some signs that animals, especially the animals that lurk in the periphery of big cities and suburbs, are feeling emboldened to explore.

# Sika deer in Japan have left their familiar habitat and are walking around the isolated city streets.

Wild Animals Exploring Uncharted Territory as Coronavirus Grips the Planet

The sightings of wild animals in cities amid COVID-19 have become quite common. Sika deer cross a road in Nara, Japan | Image: Tomohiro Ohsumi

# Animals have been coming out on roads in large numbers, entering the towns and the cities which they usually avoided prior to the lockdown. Ducks are taking strolls down Las Vegas Blvd with their ducklings.

# Pictures and videos showing civet cats, deer herds, elephants, Kashmiri goats and other animals taking the streets in different parts of the world had been circulating on social media for a long time now.

# With no human visitors, a pride of lions took to an empty road in the popular Kruger National Park to nap.

Wild Animals Exploring Uncharted Territory as Coronavirus Grips the Planet

Image: Kruger National Park

# Mountain goats roam the streets of LLandudno on March 31, 2020 in Llandudno, Wales. The goats normally live on the rocky Great Orme but are occasional visitors to the seaside town, but the herd was drawn this time by the lack of people and tourists due to the COVID-19 outbreak and quarantine measures.

Wild Animals Exploring Uncharted Territory as Coronavirus Grips the Planet

Image: Twitter @taslimanasreen

# Ducks on Place Colette, in Paris, where the Comédie Française is located, on April 2, 2020.

Wild Animals Exploring Uncharted Territory as Coronavirus Grips the Planet

Image: Twitter @taslimanasreen

# A wild deer, from a herd used to mingle with and be fed by the local population, roams in a deserted street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in the port city of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka on March 31, 2020.

Wild Animals Exploring Uncharted Territory as Coronavirus Grips the Planet

Image: Twitter @taslimanasreen

# Wild boar have descended from the hills around Barcelona.

# Deer are roaming around the deserted metro stations of Nara, Japan.

# Raccoons were spotted on the beach in an emptied San Felipe, Panama.

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# Gangs of wild turkeys have been strutting the streets of Oakland, California, while a puma turned up in the centre of the Chilean capital Santiago, which is under curfew.

# While sightings of dolphins in Venice’s canals turned out to be fanciful, they have been popping up in ports elsewhere in the Mediterranean.

# Amidst coronavirus lockdown, birds are taking a sunbath in the deserted Piazza del Duomo in Milan.

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Amidst coronavirus lockdown, a deserted Piazza del Duomo in Milan | Image: Business Insider

# Indian social media has gone wild about footage of a stag scampering through Dehradun, the capital of the northern state of Uttarakhand.

# A rare sight. Indian Bison wandering in the middle of a market.

# A rhinoceros strolling through the urban area and having fun chasing after people.

# In Munnar region of Idukki district elephants were seen strolling in the streets and even entering residential areas.

# Instances of animals wandering on Indian city streets have become quite common since the coronavirus lockdown.

A deer walks across a pedestrian crossing in Nara, Japan, on 19 March. Despite the town’s tourism decline, these wild animals are doing just fine without treats from visitors, according to a deer protection group.

Wild Animals Exploring Uncharted Territory as Coronavirus Grips the Planet

A deer walks across a pedestrian crossing in Nara, Japan | Image: Jae C Hong/AP

People jog near a jackal in Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 10 April. The timid animals have come into the open, reaching areas they rarely venture to as they search for food.

Wild Animals Exploring Uncharted Territory as Coronavirus Grips the Planet

A jackal in Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel | Image: Oded Balilty/AP

A coyote stands by the roadside as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at Golden Gate Bridge View Vista Point across from San Francisco, California, U.S., April 7, 2020.

Wild Animals Exploring Uncharted Territory as Coronavirus Grips the Planet

A coyote in San Francisco | Image: Reuters

A herd of goats walk the quiet streets in Llandudno, north Wales, Tuesday March 31, 2020. A group of goats have been spotted walking around the deserted streets of the seaside town during the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus.

Wild Animals Exploring Uncharted Territory as Coronavirus Grips the Planet

A herd of goats walk the quiet streets in Llandudno, north Wales | Image: Pete Byrne/PA via AP

These happy sights of wild animals in cities amid COVID-19, during this stressful time are providing some comfort. Hopefully, mankind will understand the importance of wildlife and will resist the further extortion of their wild habitat.

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