Can't bear to eat alone? - one restaurant in Thailand is using stuffed pandas in order to respect the social distancing rules
In Thailand, one restaurant want's to meets new social distancing guidelines by providing lonely diners a bit of company - by seating stuffed pandas at its tables.
Thailand has relaxed some restrictions on businesses as the number of coronavirus cases slowed, allowing restaurants to reopen but with strict rules in place to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
"Earlier we had only one chair for the tables where the customer came alone. But for me, it felt strange, so I thought I'd give them some company," said Natthwut Rodchanapanthkul, the owner of Maison Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant in Bangkok.
Sitting opposite one of the panda dolls, diner Sawit Chaiphuek said he was happy to have some company as he stepped out to eat for the first time in months.
Another customer says that "The doll makes me feel less lonely eating by myself," mentioned Sawit, 25.
Siriporn Assavakarint, another customer, said the new seating rules often gives diners a headache, and the army of plush pandas made things much clearer.
"It's a lot easier to understand compared to other restaurants where people always get confused about where to sit and end up sitting too close to each other."
Thailand reported just one new coronavirus case on Thursday and no new deaths, bringing the total to 3,018 cases and 56 deaths since the outbreak started in January.
The day before, it reported zero new cases for the first time since early March, before the lockdown began.
Along with masks, social distance has become a real sign of the time of the pandemic, which changed the face of cities; especially in the recently opened restaurants.
Coronavirus forced to make social interaction more organized: to reduce the risk of infection, people should maintain a distance of one and a half to two meters.
The restaurant owners all around the world have new problems: in the opened establishments, you need to force guests to stay away from each other. Restaurateurs invent the most exotic ways. There are places where you will be put in a greenhouse or forced to dine in the company of an inflatable doll in a wig.
Restaurants have already opened in Germany, but visitors are required to maintain a social distance of 1.5 m. In Schwerin, the owners of one of the institutions found an original solution to the problem: guests are given special hats.
Foam "blades" do not allow people to approach each other closer than the distance established by law. Customers note that this, of course, is not too comfortable, but they are glad of the opportunity to have lunch again in the restaurant.
Lopburi, the city where monkeys make the law. Macaques are aggressive and attack people
In Lopburi, Thailand, primates have taken over the streets, and authorities have been campaigning for three weeks to sterilize macaques that become violent when they see food and are not afraid to attack people.
For a population of 750,000 people, 6,000 macaques have been making the law in the locality for more than 10 years. The number of tourists has decreased significantly while the number of cases of hospitalized patients with injuries caused by monkeys is constantly increasing.
The castration of monkeys became a local emergency after they multiplied alarmingly during isolation in homes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Left without food, the monkeys entered the houses and terrorized the locals.
Not only people are bored during the lockdown. Two Pandas have been trying to mate for 10 years and only after the zoo has been quarantined, they finaly did it
In Hong Kong's Ocean Park, the 14-year-old pandas Yin Yin and Le Le mated. This is the first success in 10 years, according to the zoo website.
"The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination," Michael Boos, executive director for zoological operations and conservation at Ocean Park.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the park has been closed to visitors since late January.
From the end of March, Yin Yin began to spend more time playing in the water, while Le Le left traces of smells around his habitat and everywhere looked for her smell. This behavior is consistent with the usual behavior during the breeding season, which occurs once a year from March to May. With a change in hormone levels at Yin Yin, the Park’s veterinary team that looked after the animals confirms that giant pandas have entered the breeding season this year, the report said.
The giant male and female pandas reach puberty from seven and five years old, respectively. Yin Yin and Le Le arrived in Hong Kong in 2007 and since 2010 they tried to mate, but they did not succeed, since it is difficult for pandas to breed in captivity. By the way, the probability of pregnancy with natural mating is higher than with artificial insemination.
If successful, signs of pregnancy, including hormonal fluctuations in the level and behavioral changes, can be observed already at the end of June, although there is always the possibility that Yin Yin may experience pseudo-pregnancy. “We hope this year to bring great news about pregnancy to Hong Kong and make an additional contribution to the conservation of this vulnerable species,” said Michael Boos, Executive Director of Zoological Operations and Conservation at Ocean Park.
The gestation period for giant pandas ranges from 72 to 324 days. Pregnancy can only be confirmed 14-17 days before birth using ultrasound scanning.
Meanwhile, a camel Sema was born in the Kharkov zoo. Now Semyon Aleksandrovich is already 10 days old, he was born with a weight of 38 kilograms and 90 centimeters. The camel Alexandrovich continues to grow as it is breast-fed. He will drink his mother’s milk for at least another six months, or even a half, after which he will switch to the usual camel meal: hay, grass, carrots, beets and bran.
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The king of Thailand is safe! He is now in Alpine hotel with 20 women to protect against coronavirus
King of Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn escaped from coronavirus to Germany to isolate himself at the luxurious Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in the alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria with his retinue.
According to the German tabloid Bild, the hotel was fully booked under the king, as The retinue of the 67-year-old monarch includes a harem of 20 concubines, as well as numerous servants. However, it is unclear whether his four wives live in the hotel.
According to the German press, guest houses and hotels in Bavaria were previously closed by the authorities to ensure quarantine because of the coronavirus, but the local district council made an exception for the Thai monarch, justifying this by saying that “the guests of this hotel are a single and homogeneous group of people without any unauthorized visitors. ”
However, 119 members of the monarch group were deported back to Thailand due to suspected coronavirus - they showed symptoms of respiratory diseases upon arrival in Germany.
The news of Vajiralongkorn’s escape to a luxury hotel across the world was met with great indignation in Thailand: tens of thousands of Thais, at the risk of breaking the country's law on the untouchability of the monarch, wondered — why do they need such a king? Thai hashtag, which translates as "why do we need a king?" Tweeted 1.2 million reposts per day on Twitter.
At the same time, we recall that in Thailand, anyone who insults or criticizes a monarch can be imprisoned for up to 15 years. Nevertheless, this act rallied society against Vajiralongkorn: it is quite possible that the coronavirus will become the trigger for the deposition of the Thai monarchy ...
Earlier, Turprom wrote that the richest man in the world - Jeff Bezos, took refuge in the bunker of the apocalypse, fleeing the coronavirus.
The Thai Ministry of Public Health announced on Saturday 141 new cases in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 1,410.
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The precautionary measures taken by the king for his own safety, however, where not accepted by the citizens of his country. Thousands of Thais sharply criticized the king on social networks, although in Thailand this is prohibited by law. Anyone who insults or criticizes the monarchy may face imprisonment of up to 15 years.