Coronavirus lockdown: With humans staying indoors, animals take to empty streets

Updated: Apr 27, 2020, 15:23 | Sunny Rodricks
  • A dolphin swims in the Bosphorus with a low boat traffic in the natural strait of Istanbul as the Turkish government announced a two-day curfew to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus.

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  • A stray cat surveys the empty street at Istiklal, the main shopping center of Istanbul. People isolated themselves at home amid curfew in Turkey due to coronavirus crisis.

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  • Grey langurs have a field day on a deserted road in Gujarat's Ahmedabad city. India is under a lockdown to combat the spread of the global pandemic coronavirus.

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  • Wild boars roam freely in a garden close to a residential buildings in Ajaccio, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica in France.

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  • Sea lions can be seen taking a nap on the street of Mar del Plata harbour in Mar del Plata, some 400 km south of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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  • An African Penguin walks close to the popular Boulders Beach, in Simons Town in South Africa's Cape Town. This beach was closed due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

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  • A pair of ducks can be seen crossing a street in front of the Michelin starred restaurant La Tour d'Argent in Paris, France 

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  • Jackals play in Yarkon Park in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv amid the global pandemic coronavirus crisis. The jackals of Yarkon Park took the paths of the park with greater confidence in search of food as a complete lockdown was imposed in Israel to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

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  • Donkeys maintain social distancing  outside an ATM booth in Allahabad during the gvernment-imposed nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus in India.

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  • Horses gather on a deserted road at a residential area declared as a Red Zone for coronavirus by authorities in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar district as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 crisis.

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  • A Lion-tailed Macaque sitting on the top of a pole eats a snack at Berlin's Zoologischer Garten zoo as the zoo remains closed due to the the coronavirus epidemic.

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  • A deer roams a deserted street in the port city of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka during the government-imposed nationwide lockdown against the COVID-19 crisis.

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  • A picture released by Aton Chile shows young puma spotted on the streets of Santiago, which according to the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) must have come down from the nearby mountains in search for food as less people are seen in the streets due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • A racoon jumps over a fence in an almost deserted Central Park in Manhattan, New York City during the coronavirus lockdown across USA.

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  • A stray dog stands on a snow-covered deserted square in Pristina, the capital and largest city of Kosovo during the government-imposed curfew from 5 pm to 5 am, as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 crisis.

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  • A white breasted Kingfisher bird was spotted on a tree at Kandivli's Samta Nagar amid the total lockdown in Mumbai due to COVID-19. Picture/Satej Shinde

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  • A beautiful green Indian Parrot was captured on an almond tree at Thakur Village in Mumbai's Kandivli amid the complete lockdown in the city. Picture/Satej Shinde

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  • A group of deers roaming freely at Borivli's Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) as the park officials closed the zoo in wake of the global pandemic coronavirus. Picture/Sanjay Gandhi National Park

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About The Gallery

While the coronavirus outbreak has forced humans to lock themselves at home, animals have taken to empty streets to fill the void that humans have left. From penguins crossing streets to puma searching for food; from donkeys maintaining social distance outside an ATM to langurs running across deserted roads, here's a look in pictures of how animals across the globe are taking back world's empty streets during the coronavirus crisis.