While humans face a war of sorts with an invisible adversary, wildlife move in on territories they've never tread before. For them, it's a holiday. For them to go anywhere they'd like to go, without any fear from hunters, poachers, residents or tourists is something they're relishing. In actuality, the whole planet can take a breather from climate change, when humans reduce their travel.
The term “carbon footprint” is often used as shorthand for the amount of carbon (usually in tons) being emitted by human activity through movements. With most people 'sheltered in place,' our carbon footprints are being reduced significantly, particularly from our reduced transportation by car, buses, trains and planes.
It's a Jumanji World . . .
Crowds have vanished, opening cities, resorts, villages and area attractions. In Venice, locals can see to the bottom of the now-clear canals for the first time in living history, welcoming fish that may have avoided the city limits in the past.
Also in Italy, which has been in lockdown for almost a month, dolphins were spotted swimming right up to the port in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia. Locals have noted that cruise ships and other human congestion usually keep them away from the coast.
In the Mexican resort of Tulum, usually overcrowded with high-spending tourists, a jaguar was captured roaming the empty streets on CCTV, reportedly close to the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa.
Close-by, in Quintana Roo, where the popular Cancun resorts are located, a crocodile was filmed sliding nonchalantly down a canal, to the horror of locals viewing from the windows of their domicile. While this story later was dismissed later as an urban myth, I'm sure the mere thought would keep humans fearful to travel too far from their homes.
All these stories are similar to the 1995 film Jumanji, in which wild beasts descend upon the streets of everyday life. "Whoever started this game at the beginning of 2020 please finish it quickly," @David_Leavitt tweeted, with this photo of a Jumanji game board.
Harsher Tactics by Russia
In order to force people into mass lockdown, President Vladimir Putin released '800 lions' onto the streets. However feasible that might sound, this tactic ended up to be 'fake news.' However, I wouldn't put it past Putin to release that false claim to serve the same purpose - getting fearful citizens off the street quickly.
In my recent post, "Unlikely Interspecies-Friendship: The Odd Couple Of A Fox & Badger," social media users were in awe by recently posted videos of a coyote and a badger crossing a street together into a tunnel together.
Sea Turtles increase by the thousands . . .
In Rushikulya River [Odisha], India, Olive Ridley turtles were discovered along the coastline in the thousands, undisturbed by human interference, particularly tourists and poachers.
Approximately 278,502 of these sea turtles have targeted the shoreline of six-kilometers along the Rushikulya beach of Odisha’s Ganjam this year. In years past, the largest number of nesting females at the Rushikulya River tracked was only 150,000-200,000.
Please, dear readers, if you know any other stories pertaining to an increased of animals in urban animals, please comment below.
Primary Source: Telegraph