Insight & Analysis

Return of the… wildlife?

Published: Apr 2020

As people across the world are self-isolating in their homes, animals are venturing into the now-empty towns and cities.

Monkey in wildlife park

In the ancient town of Llandudno, Wales, a herd of goats has taken to the streets. A man named Andrew Stuart tweeted a video that has since gone viral, explaining how he had to phone the police regarding the goats that were munching their way through the hedges.Stuart’s coverage continued as the goats were spotted all over town, in playgrounds and car parks, trotting down cobbled streets. They are Great Orme goats, descended from the goats of the mountains of Kashmir, and they normally live in Great Orme country park.

Further south in Wales, in Monmouthshire, a farmer shared a video of some sheep enjoying the nearby playground. Gareth Williams of Raglan Farm Park explained that the sheep are usually kept away from the children’s play area at the farm, but since the closure to the public they have been allowed to wander free.

Meanwhile in Mumbai, a video has been posted of some monkeys that have taken over a local pool. The tweet explains that the locals were debating whether or not to empty the swimming pool since it wasn’t being used, when the ‘neighbours’ put an end to the debate.

In Nara, Japan, the famed Sika deer are roaming the streets more than usual in search of food that they usually receive from tourists. Photos and videos posted by locals show the deer snacking on grass in place of the rice crackers they’re usually fed.

Isolation may be proving tough for many humans, but at least some of the animals are having fun!

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