Collection of top 50 pictures that proves wild animals are taking over the deserted cities during coronavirus lockdown
With more than half the global population under lockdown over coronavirus pandemic, cities have become shadows of their former selves. And for some animals, this is the perfect opportunity to go and explore the empty streets.
Even though many countries around the world have started to ease restrictions on movement, people are yet to return to their old ways of living, as bars, restaurants, hotels and many entertainment venues will continue to be closed for the foreseeable future.
In fact, according to a recent report by Bloomberg, “The coronavirus pandemic is likely to last as long as two years and won’t be controlled until about two-thirds of the world’s population is immune, a group of experts said in a report”.
Because of its ability to spread from people who don’t appear to be ill, the virus may be harder to control than influenza, the cause of most pandemics in recent history.
And while the full lockdown is no way near from over and many of the cities are almost empty, animals are taking over the streets. From all around the world, people are posting funny pictures with wild animals seen around their house or city center.
Here at Bemorepanda, we spent some time collecting a list with top 50 wild animals that have been noticed in places where we haven’t seen them before.
1 A herd of buffalo walk along an empty highway in New Delhi, India, during the pandemic lockdown.
2 In Nara, Japan's first permanent capital, deer are considered "messengers of the gods" and have been designated national treasures. More than 1,000 regularly wander through the city's central park, and visitors are encouraged to feed them sugar-free wheat crackers. But with tourists staying away during the outbreak, some curious deer have been quietly investigating nearby shops and restaurants.
6 Dogs rest on the deserted Man Singh road during lockdown in New Delhi, India, on 19 April.
12 A cow walks along an empty highway road in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on 19 April.
23 In the coastal Welsh town of Llandudno, usually timid mountain goats have ventured into the empty streets to take a look around. They've become an online favorite thanks to Twitter posts by video producer Andrew Stuart. "There's hardly anyone around to scare them or anything … they just don't really care and are eating whatever they can," he said.
24 Hungry monkeys clambered all over a car in the village of Ode, outside Ahmedabad, in hopes of getting a few morsels of food during the lockdown in late March.
26 Surrounded by deer, a tourist shows her empty hands after feeding them crackers, treats made mostly with wheat flour and rice bran, near Todaiji temple in Nara, Japan, Tuesday, March 17, 2020
27 A woman stops to watch the Fallow deer from Dagnam Park as they rest and graze on the grass outside homes on a housing estate in Harold Hill, near Romford on April 2, 2020 in Romford, England
29 Venice, usually a popular tourist destination, has seen dramatic changes during the outbreak which has brought Italy to near collapse. The northern city is normally swamped with visitors, but canals have emptied during the country's strict lockdown measures. Without the constant passage of boat taxis and gondolas the muddied waters have settled, and seabirds and fish are once again visible.
31 This young puma was recently found stalking through the empty streets of downtown Santiago, Chile, followed soon after by two more. The animals live in the nearby Andes Mountains and have increasingly been spotted in the locked down capital, home to about 6 million people. "There's no people, there's no noise, so they dare to explore a little more," said a regional official.
36 In Ajmer, a city in northwestern India, several dogs were spotted hunting a wild boar on the city streets during the lockdown on March 26. They eventually herded the boar into a sewer trough.
39 A Coyote stands alone Academy Road outside of Dodger Stadium during the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, April 03, 2020.
40 Thousands of macaques that roam the streets of Lopburi in Thailand haven't been so polite. Usually well-fed by tourists, the monkeys have been finding snacks hard to come by during the pandemic. They've even engaged in intertribal warfare over scraps, fighting in the streets and historic temples. Thailand had more than 39 million tourists in 2019.
41 Pigeons walk on the empty street in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 29, 2020. Puerto Rico is on a mandatory quarantine since March 16th, due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
42 A security guard feeds sika deer at a temple on March 12, 2020 in Nara, Japan. Like a number of tourist hotspots around the country, Nara, a popular ancient city where free-roaming deer are an attraction for tourists, has seen a decline in visitor numbers in recent weeks amid concern over the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Some groups of deer have begun roaming in the city’s residential area due to shortage of food partially fed from tourists according to media reports.
43 A raccoon walks in an almost-deserted Central Park in New York on 16 April.
44 Goats and sheep are seen near the empty Istanbul airport highway in Istanbul, Turkey, on 19 April.
45 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.
46 A herd of fallow deer graze on the lawns in front of a housing estate in Harold Hill in east London on 4 April.
47 Grey langurs run along a deserted road during lockdown in Ahmedabad, India, on 19 April
48 A wild boar eats the grass in a garden close to residential buildings in Ajaccio, Corsica, on 18 April.
49 Peahens seen on Motilal Nehru Marg during lockdown in New Delhi, India, on 19 April.
Human presence would typically keep such wildlife from roaming. But billions of people are inside, socially isolating themselves under the direction of health and government officials. Businesses, tourism, restaurants, clubs and many other venues are closed and the once busy streets are now completely silent.
While some animals are curiously wandering or enjoying the quiet, others are going hungry because they’ve become dependent on tourists who feed them treats.
The coronavirus pandemic has made new “deserts” across the world. Most of the world's major cities, like London, New York and others, are empty, without any soul on the street. As humans are isolating at home, wild animals have started to take over the streets and feel free.
Several pictures taken by photographers or simple people around the world, captured the guests, including deer, goats and others roaming through the streets wild animals. Sometimes busy and loud cities, are now silent and open for this creatures, who came to inspect the human life and show up their importance in our life.
In London and Nara (Japan) , herds of deer are rumoring the streets. In London a herd of deer was spotted resting in housing state, the deer felt so well that they laid down on the grass and spent the day in silence. There were some viral pictures on internet which shows the London Eye, Chinatown, National Gallery and other places totally empty.
In Llandudno, Wales, some mountain goats were spotted in the streets on March 31.
In Italy several wild boars were spotted throughout northern, in Bergamo was seen even one mother walking through empty streets with her offspring.
Several puma were seen walking around the streets of Santiago, Chile, it is said that they came for food.
In India, Tirupati, there were seen a herd of deer wandering along a road in the city.
During the lockdown, more than a billion people worldwide are staying at home, self-isolated and socially distancing themselves from one another to avoid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Environmental organizations, national parks, and wildlife shelters in Africa are gearing up for the worst. The borders are closed, there are no tourists, which means that most of the projects for the conservation of rare and endangered species of animals were left without money, Izvestia reports.
The rhinoceros shelter in the southern African province of Limpopo remained virtually without personnel due to the pandemic.
Mostly foreigners worked here, changing every three months, but because of the coronavirus their visas were canceled. Four full-time employees had to withstand 72-hour shifts, sleeping only 2-3 hours per night.
Caring for little orphaned rhinos is hard work. They demand milk at any time of the day or night and scream loudly, calling on the mother, who was killed before their eyes by poachers.
The founder and shelter manager, 66-year-old retired teacher, Arri van Deventer, had to look for local volunteers through social networks.
Of the several hundred who responded, he chose only two. The location of such shelters is kept secret in order to avoid attacks by poachers. Mokgopong facility has been attacked twice already.
Mapimpi was orphaned when he was seven days old. Poachers killed his mother to cut off the horn, which is used as medicine and for jewelry.
His body was very dehydrated, his skin was dry, he tried to eat sand. The baby was fed milk mixture from a bottle. At the age of five, like other grown rhinos, he will be released into the wild.
Dozens of visitors usually gathered to feed an orphan elephant from a bottle in a David Sheldrick shelter near Kenyan Nairobi.
Now he eats alone: on March 15, the institution was closed, after the country revealed the first case of coronavirus.
The shelter lives on online donations and from ticket sales. Before the pandemic, up to 500 people visited its territory daily, each paying about $ 5 for entry.
Now you can attend the elephant calf feeding procedure or watch how he sleeps, only online. On social media, live broadcasts are at 11:00 and 17:00 local time.
Elephant calves in East Africa very often remain orphaned by poachers. The smallest most often die without breast milk.
The David Sheldrick Foundation has special teams to combat poachers and several mobile veterinary teams that patrol the area from air and land. These events were organized thanks to tourists and donnors.
According to the UN, last year Africa was visited by about 70 million tourists. In order to survive in a pandemic, reserves, shelters, national parks throughout Africa suspend all third-party projects, stop building infrastructure and cut staff salaries
In recent days, people from Japan, Thailand and Italy are noticing an unexpected outcome of the quarantine - animals running on the streets due to human absence.
In Nara, Japan, a deer was spotted through city streets and subway stations. Raccoons were spotted on the beach in an emptied San Felipe, Panama, wild boars, sheeps and random horses walking around Italian streets.
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Majority of the pictures where posted by Twitter user okadennis who found the whole occasion hilarious.
Another Italian user reported seeing wild boars walking around the streets.
While in another Italian city, a user reported seeing a random horse running around the city center. Until this moment, no one knows anything about the mysterious horse.
And of course we cannot ignore the sheeps, which also where spotted somewhere in Italy during the quarantine
Quarantines could continue to affect wildlife in unexpected ways, said Paige Warren, an ecologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “I’ll be interested in whether creatures like coyotes and foxes start acting more bold in American cities,” she said.
Reported by Bemorepanda