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Friday, April 17, 2020

Sleeping Lions Take Advantage Of Coronavirus Lockdown To Enjoy Nap In Middle Of Road

Lion in Africa

The coronavirus pandemic is nothing short of a disaster for humans, but for the natural world it has been a game-changer.

Richard Sowry, a park ranger in South Africa's Kruger National Park, spotted this pride of lions chilling on a warm road and taking no interest as he approached.

"This lion pride are usually resident on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see," he tweeted.

"This afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp.”

The roads are generally busy with tourists being driven to see the park’s extraordinary range of animals.

But the whole of South Africa is under lockdown with no safaris currently running.

"Lying on the road during the daytime is unusual because under normal circumstances there would be traffic and that pushes them into the bush," park spokesman Isaac Phaahla told CNN.

He added that the lions’ behaviour has changed very quickly.

Mr Phaahla said: ”They just occupy places that they would normally shun when there are tourists.

"People should remember that KNP is still a largely wild area and in the absence of humans, wildlife is more active."

Lion in Africa

South Africa has acted decisively to tackle the virus, implementing stringent lockdown measures on March 27 and sending out health workers to do door-to-door screening.

The park closed its doors to visitors two days earlier.

In India, a rhino has been seen “enforcing” the lockdown and monkeys have been running amok with fewer humans around to get in their way.

Further away, in China, a group of elephants who might normally expect be fed by humans got a bit peckish and broke into a village and stole some rice wine – which they promptly got hammered on.

And while wildlife in general is thriving with fewer humans around, there are concerns for some species.

Great ape sanctuaries in Africa and Borneo have been closed to the public for fear that the Covid-19 virus could be passed to our evolutionary cousins.

[  By Dailystar ]

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