Special Report

Animals Roaming Freely While Humans Are in Lockdown

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21. Rats
> Location where seen: New Orleans, Louisiana

Rats have always been a detested feature of major urban areas. But with the coronavirus lockdown, and restaurants largely closed, there is less food in trash cans and dumpsters for the rodents. Rats are becoming bolder, searching for food out in the open. That has been the case in cities such as Chicago and New Orleans.

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22. Nubian ibex
> Location where seen: Eilat, Israel

In late March, people in the Israeli beach town of Eilat were startled to see several Nubian ibex walking along the promenade, an area that has become much less crowded because of social distancing. Israel has made a concerted effort to preserve the ibex, which had been hunted to near extinction. The ibex is found in the desert mountain areas of Jordan and Israel, as well as in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Yemen. Fewer than 3,000 ibexes are estimated to remain in the wild, about half of them in Israel.

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23. Sika deer
> Location where seen: Nara, Japan

Another widely circulated video and photograph of wildlife visiting areas usually inhabited by people was of the sika deer in residential areas of Nara, Japan. The deer left their park habitat, where visitors would give them rice snacks, to search for food. Videos showed them munching on flowers and plants and wandering around subway stations.

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24. Wild boar
> Location where seen: Various cities

Stepping into the void left by humans in urban areas have been wild boar, which have been seen in Barcelona, Spain; Ajaccio, Corsica; and Haifa, Israel, among other places. Boar and deer are the animals most often seen in towns in Europe.

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25. Sea lions
> Location where seen: Mar del Plata, Argentina

Sea lions are frequently seen off the coast of South American countries, but the lockdown has created situations for the animals to venture on land. These mammoth animals came ashore and were seen reclining in parking lots or hanging around shops in Mar del Plata on the coast of Argentina.

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