The picture published by Aton Chile shows an approximately one-year-old cougar in the streets of Santiago on March 24, 2020, which according to the Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) came down from the nearby mountains in search of food because fewer people are seen on the streets because of the coronavirus COVID-19, pandemic.
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While people around the world stay inside to slow the spread of the corona virus, animals take over the empty streets.
Peacocks strolling through the streets of Ronda, Spain; A gang of goats walks through a coastal town in North Wales. a puma rises from the Andes to Santiago in Chile; and coyotes trot through San Francisco.
The presence of humans would normally prevent such wildlife from roaming. But billions of people are inside, isolating themselves socially under the guidance of health and government officials. Shops and restaurants are closed and the once busy streets and tourist paradises are quiet.
While some animals wander curiously or enjoy the tranquility, others starve because they rely on tourists to feed them treats.
For example, mobs of macaques in Thailand, which are used to being fed by visitors, now have to take care of themselves. Many have struggled to find food in the empty streets.
Sika deer in Nara Park, a popular tourist destination in Japan, rely heavily on the thousands of tourists who feed them rice crackers. But the park is empty now and the deer have started looking for food in the city. They run the risk of being hit by cars or swallowing plastic waste.
Trinity Square in Llandudno, North Wales
A wild deer in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
A wild deer from a herd that mingled and was fed by the local population roams a deserted street in the port city of Trincomalee on March 31, 2020 during a government-imposed nationwide block against the COVID-19 corona virus.
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A coyote in San Francisco
A coyote stands on the side of the road as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread at Golden Point Bridge View Vista Point across from San Francisco, California, USA, on April 7, 2020.
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A wild pig and dogs in the streets of Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
A group of dogs found an attack on a pig on the deserted streets in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India, on March 26, 2020, during a government-imposed nationwide blockade as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 corona virus.
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A jackal in a park in Tel Aviv, Israel
A jackal traces people from remote areas of Yarkon Park to search for food after the park was abandoned due to the corona virus in Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 7, 2020.
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Wild dogs in the streets of Kolkata, India
In this photo, taken on March 26, 2020, stray dogs gather on an abandoned street during a government-imposed nationwide ban as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kolkata.
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Peacocks walk through the streets of Ronda, Spain
Two peacocks walk a street in Ronda on April 3, 2020 during a national closure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus.
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Monkeys in New Delhi, India
A group of monkeys sits on a roadside in New Delhi on April 8, 2020. Hundreds of monkeys have taken the streets around the Indian President’s palace and led an animal offensive that takes advantage of the abandoned cities while the huge country remains in a pandemic closure.
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A coyote in Los Angeles
A coyote stands alone on Academy Road outside the Dodger Stadium during the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday April 3, 2020.
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Monkeys take over sidewalk in Lopburi, Thailand
A woman watches monkeys search for food in front of their shop after they experience significant tourism impacts after the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak in front of the Prang Sam Yod Temple in Lopburi, Thailand, on March 17, 2020 would have .
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Pigeons in Puerto Rico
Pigeons run on the empty street in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 29, 2020. Puerto Rico has been in mandatory quarantine since March 16 due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
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Sika deer in Japan
A security guard feeds sika deer in a temple on March 12, 2020 in Nara, Japan. Like a number of tourist hotspots across the country, Nara, a popular ancient city where wild deer are an attraction for tourists, has seen a decline in visitor numbers in recent weeks as the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) is causing concern was. Some groups of deer have started walking around the city’s residential area because, according to media reports, few foods have been fed by tourists.
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