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Here’s What Wild Animals Have Been Up to While Humans Are in Quarantine

People are staying inside, but the animals are coming out to explore.

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Empty street in Paris, France during COVID-19 outbreakTHOMAS COEX/Getty Images

With humans gone, animals come out to play

Hundred of countries around the world have shut down to keep the coronavirus from spreading. While people are busy following stay-at-home orders, wild animals are loving the empty streets and lack of humans. Read on to see what they’ve been up to.

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Goats Roam Welsh Town As Coronavirus Lockdown Empties Its StreetsChristopher Furlong/Getty Images

Goats in Llandudno

On March 31, mountain goats were spotted roaming the empty streets of Llandudno in Wales. The goats typically live on the rocky Great Orme mountain and only travel into more populated areas during times of bad weather. But with so few people out in the town, they’ve decided to come and explore.

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Ode village, Ahmedabad, IndiaSAM PANTHAKY/Getty Images

Monkeys in Ahmedabad

At the end of March, monkeys gathered around a car as a resident fed them potatoes in Ode village, Ahmedabad in India. Hundred of monkeys have taken over the abandoned streets, vehicles, and buildings around India during its mandated lockdown.

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Deer on a street in Nara, JapanTomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Deer in Nara

Two Sika deer try to tempt a shop owner for food at the entrance to his shop in Nara, Japan. The city of Nara is known for the deer that roam the streets and a lot of tourists visit just to see them roaming freely among people. However, now that the streets are empty and the tourists are no longer feeding the deer, many have started to wander into the residential areas of the city in hopes of finding something to snack on.

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Geese in Adana

A group of geese rules the empty streets along the coastline near Adnan Menderes Boulevard in Adana, Turkey, after the government urged its residents to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Giant Pandas Le Le (L) and Ying Ying (R)ANTONY DICKSON/Getty Images

Pandas in a Hong Kong zoo

Giant pandas Ying Ying and Le Le are longtime residents of the Ocean Park Zoo in Hong Kong. The zoo has been trying to get them to naturally mate for 10 years. Now that the zoo is closed to visitors and they’ve had some alone time, they finally have! It’s too early to tell if a baby is on the way, but parenthood could be right around the corner for this panda pair.

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Deer walking on empty street in Sri LankaSTR/Getty Images

Deer in Sri Lanka

On March 31, a deer is seen roaming around an empty street in the port city of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka. These wild deer usually get fed by the locals or have been digging through trash to find something to nosh on, so they have been going hungry.

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Penguins in the aquarium

The penguins were able to get out and explore at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Since the building is closed to visitors due to the coronavirus, the staff let a group of rockhopper penguins leave their habitat and roam around to look at other animals. One penguin, Wellington, particularly enjoyed visiting the fish in the Amazon Rising exhibit. The fish were also perplexed with the unusual visitor.

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Peacock walking on desolate street in DubaiKARIM SAHIB/Getty Images

Peacocks in Dubai

On the first of April, a lone peacock steps out on the streets of Dubai to explore while all of the residents are quarantined. Peacocks have been spotted in this area roaming the streets before the coronavirus outbreak, but they’re especially enjoying the lack of spectators and vehicles.

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Seabirds in VeniceANDREA PATTARO/Getty Images

Seabirds in Venice

As the gondolas come to a standstill in the canals of Venice, Italy, and the waters clear up, seabirds have ventured into them. Fish and ducks have also been roaming around the canals as well. Despite what some people have said, the water becoming clear isn’t from a lack of pollution from tourists and locals being hone, but it is actually because there is no boat traffic which churns up the mud from the floor of the canals.

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Puma on the loose in Santiago, ChileANDRES PINA/Getty Images

Pumas in Santiago

Towards the end of March, a puma walked around the empty streets of Santiago, Chile. The city is normally bustling with six million people, but right now it’s free of humans and cars. Pumas have been coming down from the nearby mountains to explore the eerily quiet city and see if they can find any extra food.

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Cows in New Delhi

Stray cows take a rest in the middle of the empty streets in New Delhi, India. Monkeys and dogs have also been spotted out on the streets taking advantage of the lack of people.

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