7 Wild Animals Taking Advantage of the Coronavirus Quarantine

With humans holed up in their homes, wild animals are now ruling the streets worldwide.

A strange global phenomenon appears to be occurring amid the coronavirus outbreak: Wild animals are exploring parts of the world they've stayed away from decades, if not centuries. That's right, with the vast majority of people following strict stay-at-home guidelines, city streets and suburban blocks are nearly empty, giving animals free rein.

From goats wandering around Wales to lions sleeping in the streets of South Africa, wild animals are certainly loving life right now. And there is something magically soothing about watching these animals reclaim parts of the world that were once theirs. To see them in action, read on! And for more uplifting content amid coronavirus, check out 7 Heartfelt Ways Hospitals Are Lifting Spirits Amid Coronavirus.

Lions are sleeping on the road in South Africa.

Lion pride lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp at Kruger National Park amid coronavirus
Richard Sowry / Kruger National Park via Twitter

On the official Twitter account for Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa, one of Africa's largest game reserves, photos from Section Ranger Richard Sowry show something that tourists don't normally get to witness. "This lion pride are usually resident on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see," the account tweeted. "This afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp." And if you love animals—both wild and domestic—check out 23 Unlikely Animal Friendships That Will Melt Your Heart.

Wild goats are on the loose in Wales.

A herd of goats take advantage of quiet streets near Trinity Square, in Llandudno, north Wales. The gang of goats has been spotted strolling around the deserted streets of the seaside town during the nationwide lockdown.
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A herd of goats took advantage of the quiet streets near Trinity Square in north Wales amid the pandemic. The gang of goats has been spotted strolling around the deserted streets of the seaside town during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Sika deer are taking over Nara, Japan.

Deer in front of Buddhist temple in Nara Japan amid coronavirus
Peach Pics / Alamy Stock Photo

"Less tourists in Nara = less people feeding the deer in the parks," a Bloomberg reporter tweeted along with photos of deer wandering the urban streets of Nara, Japan. The ancient city and popular tourist destination has seen far fewer visitors due to the coronavirus, which means the sika deer are getting a front row seat to attractions like the Buddhist temple seen here.

Wild boar are roaming the streets of Paris.

video of wild boar roaming the streets of paris amid coronavirus

Wild pigs were seen roaming the empty streets of Paris since the lockdown went into effect, as captured in this viral video. Definitely not something tourists typically see in gay Paris! And if you love a good wildlife fact, check out 75 Animal Facts That Will Change the Way You View the Animal Kingdom.

Wild monkeys are dominating parks in Thailand.

A mob of monkeys in city plaza in Thailand amid coronavirus
Sasaluk Rattanachai / Facebook

People in Thailand have spotted monkeys looking for food in streets typically populated by people. This viral Facebook video shows a massive mob of macaques monkeys running around a city plaza, for example. And frankly, it's a bit too Planet of the Apes for our liking.

Fox are filling the streets of Essex.

A fox patrols the streets of Brentwood, Essex, UK. Foxes are now common in urban areas in the United Kingdom.
Richard Harding / Alamy Stock Photo

Around many suburban homes in Essex in the U.K., families are finding foxes strolling the streets around their typically quiet neighborhoods.

And penguins are now the tourists at a Chicago aquarium.

two penguins roam the halls of an aquarium in chicago
Shedd Aquarium / YouTube

Sure, an aquarium isn't exactly an urban jungle, but these penguins, who are typically the ones being gawked at at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, became the gawkers during the lockdown. They were able to tour the other sea creatures just like the humans do!

"Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals," the aquarium told the Chicago Tribune. "Introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourages them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviors." And for more feel-good stories in these challenging times, check out 13 Uplifting Stories That Will Warm Your Heart Right Now.

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