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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
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught humanity to wear masks in public, and judging by the way things are going with the vaccine, we will wear them for a long time. People are already accustomed to masks and over time they have turned from a means of protection into an element of clothing through which one can also express oneself.
One of the funniest designs of masks was the application of images of realistic cat faces on them. This design has many advantages: firstly, there is a huge variability, because you can order a mask in the form of a cat's face of any breed, and secondly, you can choose a mask for your facial expression. And this despite the fact that it all looks very fun!
1.Cat mask can be realistic
2.So with optical illusion
3.there are even motorcycle cat masks
4. the cat face mask different
5. When we said, choose a mask to match your facial expression, we meant this
6. And it's also funny
7. another great example
8.You can even order a mask featuring a bald sphinx face
9.These masks not only protect but also cheer up
10 ... maybe not for everyone
11. Here's an example of how not to make masks with a cat face
The Shawn Davis family lives in a crowded area in the state of Illinois, but due to the coronavirus, they were forced to stay at home like all the neighbors. A family of foxes became interested in the empty backyard of the Americans and for several months rested under the windows of Sean's house.
While people were quarantined in their homes, animals began to return the suddenly vacated territories to their legal possessions. This happened with the garden of the American Sean Davis - the backyard of his family was first chosen by a couple of foxes, and then they brought their kids there. The foxes in the courtyard liked it so much that for several months the animal family spent right under the windows of Sean and his relatives, for whom the life of the foxes turned into a real series.
The American noticed that the foxes liked his yard and installed a camera that filmed their life. American Sean Davis was very surprised when in May he saw a red couple in the courtyard of two foxes. The Sean family lives in a crowded area in the state of Illinois, where besides them there are other houses, so this place can hardly be called quiet. However, the presence of people did not scare the animals at all, but rather the opposite, because over time, the foxes in the courtyard of Sean became more and more.
Over time, seven animals at once occupied the courtyard of the Sean family - mother, father, and 5 deprive them. Animals began to use secluded territory as their playground and shelter. In the afternoon, they curled up and slept under trees, games in the morning and evening. And sometimes, due to inattention of people, the yard turned into a dining room. Since the human family almost never left the house due to quarantine, the life of foxes became a real series for them.
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.
Can your beloved cat or dog give you coronavirus?
Experts agree, almost definitely not.
Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said that samples from the dog's nasal and oral cavities had tested "weak positive" for novel coronavirus. It was believed to be the first time that a dog anywhere in the world tested positive for the virus.
The dog - which had no symptoms - was put into quarantine and will be repeatedly tested until the result comes back negative, according to the statement. The department "strongly advises" that pets of people infected with coronavirus are quarantined for 14 days.
Despite this, the AFCD and the World Health Organization both agree there is no evidence that pets such as cats or dogs can be infected with coronavirus.
That's because while dogs can test positive for the virus, it doesn't necessarily mean they have been infected.
Is it worth quarantining pets?
According to Gray, who was working in Hong Kong during SARS, there is still value in quarantining pets from a scientific perspective, because it allows scientists to observe how an animal relates to a disease we still know relatively little about.
"Whilst it seems a bit scary, it's purely a precautionary measure, and it's certainly nothing for pet owners in general to be concerned about," said Gray.
Some pet owners in mainland China have been fitting their dogs with tiny face masks, but Gray said there is no benefit to that -- in fact, it's probably fairly distressing for the pet and could cause them to panic.
Instead, pet owners should stick to the basics: good hygiene.
Both WHO and Gray said owners should wash their hands with soap and water after touching pets.
"I am certainly not in any concern of my dog or cats, I'm far more concerned about myself catching it from a human being that has the disease," said Gray, who is a pet owner herself.