Special Report

Animals Roaming Freely While Humans Are in Lockdown

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1. Alligators
> Location where seen: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

An alligator took a stroll around the Barefoot Landing mall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on April 3, an episode that was captured on video. About 106 miles south in Folly Beach, police were notified that there was a gator on the beach. They called the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, which told them there was nothing they could do. The officials said on Facebook that with fewer people on the beach, “it will not be uncommon to see more wildlife out and about.”

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2. Bears
> Location where seen: Asturias, Spain

The northern part of Spain has the largest population of wild brown bears in western Europe and they are a tourist attraction. Their population has been growing. According to bear conservation group Fundación Oso Pardo (the Brown Bear Foundation), the animal’s numbers have been increasing since 2004, and may now total 250. In the late 1980s, their numbers had fallen to possibly just 50. With fewer people on the streets in Asturias in northwestern Spain, a bear was spotted prowling the streets in March.

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3. Murrah buffalo herd
> Location where seen: New Delhi, India

Lockdown measures mean fewer cars on highways in New Delhi, where a herd of Murrah buffalo were spotted strolling down a road on April 8. The buffalo are famous for producing prolific amounts of milk.

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4. Capybara
> Location where seen: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Packs of capybara were seen roaming the deserted streets of the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 29. The hairy capybara, native to Central and South America, is the largest rodent in the world, standing about 2 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 174 pounds. It has no tail, a face resembling a beaver, and slightly webbed feet.

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5. Coyotes
> Location where seen: Chicago, Illinois

On April 6, a bold coyote was seen prowling a desolate Michigan Avenue in Chicago, which has been locked down because of concern over COVID-19. Scientists estimate there may be as many as 4,000 coyotes living in the Chicago area. Four years ago, the city passed an ordinance that created a plan to manage the animals.

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