Photos show wildlife roaming freely as humans are on coronavirus lockdown, from 'bear parties' in Yosemite to lion naps on South Africa's streets
Sophia AnkelApr 17, 2020, 19:42 IST
Another positive impact the lockdown has brought on the natural world is cleaner air. Major cities like Los Angeles and New Delhi have witnessed huge drops in their air pollution levels.
In the last few weeks, all sorts of animals have been seen strolling through streets around the world, like these shaggy mountain goats seen walking through a town in Wales in late March.
Wild animals are even invading cities, like these boars causing distress in a residential area in Haifa, Israel.
Here's another view of the tarmac, which has now been occupied by at least eight lions. Park rangers say they apparently liked lying on the road because it was dry.
In South Africa's Kruger National Park, a pride of lions was caught snoozing on a street by one of the park's lodges.
Yosemite National Park is usually teeming with tourists at this time of year, and many animals never emerge because there can "literally be walls of cars, stop-and-go traffic or people in the park," the ranger said.
Black bears in particular have made more appearances than usual, with one ranger saying she thinks the bears are "having a party" since the park closed down.
In California's now-closed Yosemite National Park, rangers reported seeing bobcats, bears, and coyotes exploring empty tents and administrative buildings without any human distraction.
Wild animals have been taking advantage of the quiet streets during the pandemic, as millions of people are placed on lockdown and multiple national parks are shut.