For the past few weeks, we have all been faced with a new reality as the world attempts to put a stop to this widespread pandemic. With whole countries on lockdown and citizens everywhere urged to stay at home, once busy cities across the globe are left void of all human activity. As a result, various wild animals that tend to keep a safe distance from people, are free to roam these now empty streets.
And while reports of dolphins in Venice and wine drunk elephants in Yunnan have since been debunked, many creatures of all shapes and sizes have been spotted exploring local neighborhoods and popular city centers. Luckily some local patrons have managed to capture these animals in action and the photos speak for themselves.
Coyotes Return to the Streets of San Francisco, California
While the city of San Francisco remains in a shelter-in-place order, keeping people in their homes, another breed of Californian has resurfaced. Wild coyotes have been spotted living their best lives, exploring the now empty streets and claiming their place as locals.
The coyotes have been spotted in urban areas such as Glen Canyon Park, Golden Gate Overlook and even Fisherman’s Wharf, which is usually bustling with tourists. These canines are native to California but have not been seen in the Bay Area in these numbers since the mid-1900s.
Great Orme Goats Have Taken Over Llandudno, Wales
Llandudno, a small seaside town in Wales has seen a new form of tourism as of late. Now that the humans are staying inside, the Great Orme goats are free to trot around town at all hours of the day and night. The goats normally live in Great Orme Country Park in Conwy, Wales where they roam and forage in the wild far from human life.
Now, with Wales under lockdown, the curious creatures have made their way into Llandudno and are chowing down on all the fresh grass and trimmed hedges they can find. Although the goats are known to visit once in a while to “cause a bit of mayhem,” as one resident put it, they have never before flocked so freely throughout the town.
Sika Deer Are Leaving Park Grounds in Nara, Japan
Here we see a deer having a Beatles moment as it walks across a pedestrian crossing in Nara, an ancient city in Japan, which was hit hard by the coronavirus. Nara has since closed all of its popular tourist locations and all of its old temples, restaurants, and shopping centers are left empty.
With the streets clearing of human activity, the treasured dear of Nara are now forced to make their way further into urban areas in search of food. The deer, which normally reside in Nara’s Central City Park have become a symbol of the city and many people usually visit the park in order to feed the deer. However, since visitors stopped arriving, the deer are now venturing beyond the park in hopes to find some grub.
Monkeys Are Swarming The Streets in Lopburi Province, Thailand
Monkeys in Thailand’s Lopburi province are also venturing into the city areas in search of food. The monkeys in the area have long been accustomed to the regular flow of tourists which provided them a generous amount of food scraps to feed on. Now, with tourism continuing to decline in the area, the monkeys are venturing into the populated areas, scrounging for food.
And when it comes to finding a bite to eat, these primates mean business. After a video of the monkeys brawling in the street went viral, many voiced their concerns that the animals would be left to starve. However, the people living in the province have reassured that both officials and locals were providing the monkeys with leftover food and vegetables
A Noctural Civet Walks the Daylit Streets in Meppayur, India
India’s nationwide lockdown has resulted in a particularly unusual sighting in Meppayur, a town located in the Kozhikode district of the Kerala state in southern India. A small civet was reportedly seen walking along a city crosswalk. Many believe this to be a Malabar civet which is a critically endangered mammal. There are fewer than 250 mature Malabar civets remaining on earth and many claim that this is the first sighting since 1990.
However, others have argued the animal pictured is actually a small India civet which is much more common to the area. Regardless, seeing a civet, Malibar or otherwise, roaming the normally busy streets of Meppayur in the middle of the day is certainly a rare sight to see.
Pumas Wander Down From Nearby Mountains in Santiago, Chile
Since the citizens of Santiago Chile began their lockdown in March, there have been not one but two wild pumas spotted roaming the city streets. According to experts, this is largely due to the long-standing drought and lack of food that the pumas are experiencing in their nearby habitat.
Since the normally bustling city streets are free of human movement the Pumas feel safe to leave their home in the mountains and search for food and water in residential neighborhoods. Pumas are usually very fearful animals, so to see them venture into these areas definitly took the locals by surprise.
Penguins Take Field Trips around Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium
Among the many businesses and attractions around the world that have been forced to close their doors is Chicago’s world-famous Shedd Aquarium. And while humans can no longer roam the aquarium and come face to face with their favorite sea creatures, that does not mean its exhibits are going unappreciated.
A group of Magellanic penguins has taken full advantage of the empty aquarium by going on a field trip of their own. With humans out of the way, the penguins were recently let out of their exhibit to waddle around, explore the premises and finally meet their neighbors.
Jackals Confidently Roam Park Trails in Tel Aviv, Israel
With Israeli citizens now confined to their homes, the many parks and beaches found throughout the country are left empty, void of any usual activity. For the jackals living in the city of Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park, their reaction to this is mixed. The park is home to roughly 10 families of jackals, who thrive off of food scraps left behind by park visitors.
Since the locals who once filled the area with birthday parties, picnics, and barbeques, are nowhere to be found, the jackals can more confidently roam the park trails. However, the lack of human activity also means a lack of food scraps for the jackals, forcing them to explore new areas. As of now, they have remained within the park’s boundaries.
Fox Are Emboldened to Walk The Streets of London, England
While spotting a fox in England is not rare, that does not mean that these bushy-tailed Londoners are not taking full advantage of the city’s lockdown. The fox pictured here was spotted wandering through a neighborhood near West Middlesex. However, this little guy is not alone.
With London lacking in its usual hustle and bustle, these normally timid creatures have felt emboldened to walk the streets without a care in the world. Residents throughout the city have reported seeing far more wildlife than usual outside their windows. Several have spotted foxes near their homes, playing on busy roads and exploring residential neighborhoods.
Puppies Take a Private Tour of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta
After closing its doors to visitors, this aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia found a new and adorable way to utilize its space. The Georgia Aquarium invited adoptable puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society to visit and see the sights for themselves. The two terrier-mix puppies, Odie and Carmel, who also happen to be siblings, had the time of their lives meeting sea creatures during their visit.
“It is important to keep animals engaged and stimulated,” explained a spokesperson for the Atlanta Humane Society. “By introducing the puppies to a new space, they are able to learn and explore.” As an added bonus, the photos and videos of the curious pair seeing the sights in the aquarium’s Ocean Voyager exhibit was also able to bring some joy to the people sitting at home.
Wild Deer Walk Alone in the Once Busy Streets of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
A wild axis deer wanders the empty streets of Trincomalee as Sri Lanka continues its nationwide lockdown. The Sri Lankan axis deer, which usually live in groups, are rarely found roaming outside protected forested areas. However, a few strays can sometimes be spotted grazing in grassy areas of Trincomalee.
On a normal day, the street pictured here would be packed with locals running their errands and managing their shops. The area is normally way too lively to appeal to a deer like this one. However, now that the humans are inside and the streets are empty, the axis deer is finally free to explore.
Leopards Stroll Through Deolali Air Force Station in Deolali, India
On April 6th, two leopards were found walking around the Air Force Station in Deolali in Nashik, Maharashtra. Indian Forest Service Officers patrolling the area were the first to spot the wild cats roaming around the station. One of the officers, Susanta Nanda uploaded a video of the leopards on his Twitter after filming the strange encounter from the safety of his vehicle.
In the video, the cats appeared to feel comfortable, sitting on a grassy area inside the station. India has been in a complete lockdown since March 25th, and the station has remained inactive, giving the leopards the freedom to explore and relax right outside the building’s windows.
Chico the Sloth Pays a Visit to the Dolphins in Texas State Aquarium
Joining the list of aquariums overwhelming us with cuteness is the Texas State Aquarium. The animals living there are accustomed to interacting with the public on a daily bases. With its doors closing, the aquarium needed to find creative ways to provide enrichment for their animals through social interaction.
For that reason, staff members decided to give Chico, the three-year-old sloth a private tour of the various exhibits in order for him to meet other species and keep the animals active. One particular interaction stood out amongst the rest. When Chico was introduced to dolphins, Liko and Schooner, both were positively overjoyed. So much so that they even attempted to imitate Chico by swimming upside down.
Nilgais Are Reclaiming Their Land in Noida, India
Weeks into India’s nationwide lockdown and it appears the wildlife has begun to take over the entire country. A Nilgai was spotted walking outside the Great India Place Mall in Noida Sector-18. This area, which is normally packed with shoppers and bumper to bumper traffic, is normally a very dangerous place for a Nilgai to roam free.
However, now that the streets have been clear of human activity for several days, the Nilgail, which are natural to Noida, are returning from surrounding areas. Many have commented on the strange occurrence saying that with the lockdown, native animals are emboldened to reclaim their land.
Seabirds Have More Fish to Feed on in Venice, Italy
The canals in Venice have found some relief amidst the global crisis, creating an ever-so-thin silver lining. The waters surrounding the city are clearer than locals have ever seen it before. This is mainly due to the absence of motorized transport which tends to churn up mud from the canal floor.
With the canals’ congested waterways clearing up and Venice continuing to be free of human activity, certain fish and other wildlife have made their way back to the lagoon waters. Fish native to the area that have become scarce due to mass tourism and boat traffic are now returning. Subsequently, this has attracted other creatures, such as sea birds looking for a meal.
Chicks Have a Happy Easter on Top of the Willis Tower Skydeck in Chicago, Illinois
As an adorable way to send an Easter message during these hard times, Chicago’s Willis Tower invited some baby chicks to check out their world-famous Skydeck this Easter weekend. The Skydeck is found on the 103rd floor of the former Sears Tower, now renamed Willis Tower.
The clear observation boxes offer a view of downtown Chicago from 1,3535 feet above the city. This thing is not meant for anyone afraid of heights as it gives whoever is standing on it the illusion that they are flying over Chicago. Although the tower is normally a tourist hotspot, it is now temporarily closed due to the state of Illinois’s social distancing guidelines.
Bears Replace People as Boulevard-Goers in Los Angeles, California
As restrictions in the region continue to tighten, around 40 million Californians remain hunkered down at home. Los Angeles’s inviting streets and boulevards are largely emptied of people. Some bears, though, are graciously accepting the invitation to take a stroll.
A massive 400-pound black bear was recently spotted roaming the streets near the residential area surrounding the Los Angeles National Forest. Experts explained that the combination of a mild winter (which encourages bears to leave their homes to look for food) and the scarcity of people on the streets may give bears an incentive to walk around the once-busy neighborhoods.
Peacocks Give People Perfect Photo Ops in Mumbai, India
Since March 25th, India has been in a nation-wide lockdown, and as social distancing efforts continue in full swing, Indians are cooperating and staying inside. In Mumbai, residents were fascinated with the sudden presence of peacocks walking the streets instead of people.
As onlookers were mesmerized by the sight of these majestic birds, one photographer caught some amazing shots of the unusual scene. One Instagrammer commenting on the photos remarked, “Nature is thriving in this lockdown.” Another commenter said, “The world belongs to everyone. Sometimes seeing such pictures, I feel we humans have taken their space.”
Deer Hold a Stag Party in London, England
Britain was hit pretty heavily by the pandemic outbreak. But citizens are cooperating and taking social distancing measures seriously and we are starting to see their positive effect. Deer, however, are not under lockdown orders and have grown increasingly bold in their urban adventures.
These deer have been living in the area for around a thousand years, but are rarely ever seen mingling with neighborhood residents. But these days, things are different. Dean Zetter, a local resident, was surprised and delighted when he went for his morning walk and saw about 20 deer relaxing on the grass.
Kittens Are Taken for an Aquarium Tour in Atlanta, Georgia
As widespread efforts to reduce the rate of infection continue with success, the Georgia Aquarium’s doors remain closed to visitors. A special (and extremely cute) exception was made to accommodate some little kittens by the Atlanta Humane Society.
These kittens, named Nemo, Guppy, Marlin, Bubbles, and Dory, were brought to the empty aquarium and were given the opportunity to roam around at their pleasure, and the results were adorable. The kittens loved it! The Atlanta Human Society also took the chance to remind people that there are still many animals looking for adoption and a warm home.
Wild Boar Roam the Streets in Search of Food in Sardinia, Italy
Italy is the hardest-hit country in Europe, and was for some time the epicenter of the outbreak. The government imposed heavy-handed restrictions, and Italians are required to stay inside and only leave for supplies, food, and medical matters. In Sassari, the second-largest town in Sardinia, wild boars were spotted taking advantage of the quiet streets.
Usually, the wild boars, who happen to be very intelligent animals, keep a cautious distance from cities and towns and are wary of getting close to humans. But now that everyone is staying home, the boars are out and about. The pandemic situation is terrible, but it’s nice to at least see someone making the best of it.
Dolphins Sighted Going for a Leisurely Swim in Calanques National Park, France
As the humans of the world hold tight at home and continue their Netflix binges, some creatures have seized the moment to do some exploration. As of now, France’s lockdown is scheduled to remain in place until May 11. Not all of France’s inhabitants are heeding the instructions though, such as these dolphins.
While news of sightings of Dolphins in Venice turned out to be false, the same is not true for some finned friends off the coast of south-western France. Usually, the Mediterranean Sea waters at the Calanques National Park hosts quite a few boats. But now that tourism has ground to a halt, the marine-life is making its presence known.
A Penguin Goes for a Stroll in a Visitor-Devoid Zoo in Detroit, Michigan
The United States is currently the epicenter of the virus outbreak as all 50 states have a rising number of cases. Thankfully, social distancing measures are taking effect and we’re seeing great results. The Detroit Zoo is emptied of visitors and only the staff go in and out of its gates. In light of the absence of visitors, the staff decided to let Pickles, a macaroni penguin, take a walk around the grounds.
They explained that these beautiful waddling birds (with cool hairdos) are used to living in very cold temperatures, which the zoo facilitates. But when the natural weather outside is just right, it presents them with a great opportunity to let the penguins walk around. They said that letting them roam around freely is an incredibly enriching experience for the penguins and that it has huge psychological benefits.
A Horse Calmly Walks Around a Narrow Street in a Northern Town, Italy
Since Italy is among the hardest-hit countries in the world, social distancing measures are strict. Animal sightings have been reported in various regions across the country. One resident of northern Italy leaned out of their window to capture a great picture of a horse calmly going for a walk in the street.
Horses in the region are domesticated and wild ones are very rare. So people are not sure where this one comes from. They speculate that maybe it escaped from a nearby stable or ranch, but no one is sure. The good news is that it appeared well-fed and it didn’t look to be searching for food. We wish the horse the best and we wish it a safe journey home!
Elk Huddle Up On a High School Football Field in Golden, Colorado
Following stay-at-home orders and urges from the federal and state governments, Americans stay inside their homes and wait out the storm. Sports events have been canceled or postponed and most stadiums, fields, and courts stand empty. There are some exceptions though, such as this football field in Golden, Colorado.
An amazing series of photographs emerged of a herd of elk hanging out in the middle of the high school football field in Golden, Colorado. Ray Child, the local resident who took the pictures, said that he believes this is the same herd that frequents the Golden golf course in normal times. It seems these elk have an enthusiasm for human sports.
An Alligator Crawls Through a Shopping Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
“This is a reminder that during COVID 19, please remember to keep at least one large alligator between you and everyone else at all times,” said an official. In South Carolina and in Florida, alligators have been becoming increasingly adventurous as they venture out of the swamps and into towns and cities.
Usually, the shopping center is swamped (pun intended). But following the stay-at-home directives, it remains vacant. This gator decided to go meandering through the area. A resident caught the gator on film and noted that it was approaching a store called ‘Christmas Mouse.’ Maybe the gator wanted to get some early holiday shopping done.
Wild Boar Replace Tourists in Barcelona, Spain
As lockdown orders remain firmly in place in Spain, wild animals have been taking to the streets in search of food. Next to Barcelona, the Collserola National park looms over the city. The park is home to quite a bit of wildlife, including boar, deer, and a variety of birds.
Encounters with wild boar are nothing new in Barcelona; it’s common to see them roaming the streets in the middle of the night, rummaging through garbage bins and on the lookout for food. But the lockdown has drastically increased the number of sightings. Also, the boar have started appearing during the day.
The Great Orme Goats Are a Social Media Sensation from Lladudno, Wales
These goats have certainly become the talk of the town, causing quite a storm on social media. Countless photos are making their rounds of the Great Orme goats taking over the streets of Llandudno, Wales. The mountain goats, which normally reside in the Great Orme Country Park in Conwy, Wales were tempted by the unusually quiet streets in Llandudno and have entered the town to see the sights.
With the hype growing, police have begun to worry that people will start breaking their lockdown restrictions in order to travel to Llandudno to see the goats for themselves. A spokesperson has even taken steps to announce the seemingly obvious message that taking a trip to see goats does not exactly count as “essential travel.”
Silka Deer Window Shop in Nara, Japan
The silka deer have wandered outside of their home in Nara Park and into the Nara city center. According to folklore, these deer were once considered a sacred gift from God and today are known to be a national treasure. For many years, they have been carefully protected and today there are over 1000 wild deer living in the park.
In addition, there are also dear living in the surrounding Mount Wakakusa area. Although the deer living in the park are still considered wild, visitors are welcome to feed them with “deer crackers” made from wheat flour and rice bran. With locals and tourists now nowhere to be found, the Nara dear have taken it upon themselves to wander into the streets in search of their delicious crackers.
Canadian Geese Hit The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada
While for many, seeing geese walking along the road might be normal, for the people of Las Vegas, it was like nothing they had ever seen before. The person who submitted this video clip of the family of geese wandering the now empty streets of Vegas sounded to be in utter shock as he spoke behind the camera.
A fellow gawker, who we assume maintained a two-meter distance from the photographer, shared the excitement exclaiming “this is going to be newsworthy.” The Vegas strip is usually teeming with visitors and the streets are rarely this empty. However, with the state of Nevada urging people to stay inside, the streets are now open for curious animals like these geese to finally see what the hype is all about.
Cows Take a Nap in the Middle of an Abandoned Road in New Delhi
A couple of stray cows take a nap in the middle of an empty road in New Delhi. On March 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered India’s population of 1.3 billion to follow a one-day curfew in order to combat the pandemic. The entire country was instructed to stay inside from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm.
During this time the many animals that call India home were free to roam the streets and even rest in the middle of deserted roads such as this one. The one-day curfew was instated in addition to India’s nationwide lockdown where citizens are only permitted outside for essential reasons.
Pumas Return to the Their Old Stomping Grounds in Santiago, Chile
After two Pumas made their way to the streets of Santiago Chile in search of food, the incident naturally led to some discussion between officials. “They sense less noise and are also looking for new places to find food and some get lost and appear in the cities,” said Horacio Bórquez, Chile’s national director of livestock and agriculture service.
When asked about the strange behavior seen by the wild cats the director of agricultural and livestock service, Marcelo Giagnono said, “This is the habitat they once had and that we’ve taken away from them.” With the people of Santiago staying inside, the Pumas, which are native to the area, were understandably tempted to return and explore the now deserted streets.
Stray Pups Are Seen in Increasing Numbers in Ankara, Turkey
Many misconceptions have led to some rash decisions for dog owners in Turkey. As misinformation surrounding the virus spread throughout the country, some citizens were led to believe that their dogs and cats could pass the contagion on to them. An assumption that has been declared untrue by the World Health Organization. This has caused many dogs to be abandoned on the streets, left to fend for themselves.
An Ankara Animal Rights representative reported a 20 percent increase in stray animals. And with activists in Eskisehir and Bursa stating similar reports, Ankara is not alone. Since strays survive on food scraps, there is also concern that with residents staying at home the animals will have nothing to eat. Thankfully officials have begun initiatives to leave food and water at designated locations to keep the animals from starving.
Penguins Making New Friends at The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
Magellanic penguins Tilly and Carmen have been making new friends throughout the Shedd Aquarium as they have taken numerous filed trips through the facility since it closed its doors to the public. Here we see one of the pair coming face to face with Kayavak the beluga whale.
On March 13th, the aquarium was forced to temporarily close due to the global pandemic and plan to stay closed through the coming month. “Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals,” aquarium officials explained in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. And what better way to give a penguin happy feet than to introduce it to its beluga neighbor?!
Peacocks Wander The Empty Streets of Dubai
Seeing peacocks wandering near Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai is not an uncommon occurrence. However, seeing them strolling Dubai’s empty roads and roaming through the once-bustling streets alone, makes for a rare image that appears eerily post-apocalyptic. With 3.3 million people, Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.
Government officials have enforced particularly tough restrictions in order to prevent the spread of the virus. All residents have been instructed to stay inside with only one member of a household permitted to leave the home for essential purposes. The once busy streets are now empty and the peacocks are free to roam without a care in the world.
Jackals are Taking Over Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel
For the past decade, around 10 families of golden jackals have made a home of Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park. Prior to the nationwide lockdown, which took full effect on March 15th, the jackals kept to themselves. Hayarkon Park is a popular spot for locals and the jackals have learned to keep a safe distance, away from the trails.
However, now that the Tel Aviv locals are forced to follow government regulations, keeping them inside, the jackals are free to roam as they please. For now, they have remained within the park boundaries, however, since food scraps are no longer being left behind by park-goers, it is only a matter of time before they being wandering into the city.
Geese Strut Their Stuff Along the Empty Coastline in Adana, Turkey
A gaggle of geese takes a stroll near Adnan Menderes Boulevard with not a person in sight. Geese like these have long made a home of the city of Adana Turkey which sits along the Mediterranean coastline. However, never have they had this much empty space all to themselves.
Turkey has struggled to stay ahead of the coronavirus outbreak and authorities continue to urge people to stay home. Over 150 settlements have been quarantined and some areas are even implementing weekend, 48-hour curfews.
Great Orme Goats Take on The Shops of Llandudno, Wales
And we’re back revisiting our favorite Welsch goats. Clearly, we just can’t get enough of these furry tourists and neither can the people of Llandudno as the photos keep flooding in. As it turns out, the Great Orme goats are not actually native to Wales. They were first brought to the area as a gift to Lord Mostyn from Queen Victoria.
The Billies were since then left to fend for themselves in the wild and their population has multiplied through the years. Now, with the residents of Llandudno, Whales staying inside, the goats are emboldened to venture from their home in Great Orme Country Park and explore the streets of their neighboring town.
A Not So Wild Pup in Quarantine, But Making it Fashion
Ok, so this might not exactly be a wild animal and he might not exactly be roaming free but we could not help but include this photo of this totally in style pup. Decked out in a grey supreme sweater, florescent green shoes, and a bright yellow face mask, this dog is taking the empty streets like a high fashion catwalk.
Giving us a lesson on how to comply with social distancing rules in style, the pup’s dedicated human is clearly not leaving anything to chance. It has been a particularly difficult time for dog owners as they continue to find creative ways to take their furry best friends on their daily walks.