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A Lockdown for Humans, A Party for Animals

Team StoryWeavers|November 20, 2020, 07:01 IST| 26

World Environment Day Banner "It's a Wild Wild World When We're Not Looking!"

While the majority of the world went into lockdown mode in the past couple of months to slow the spread of COVID-19, something interesting was happening outdoors. People across the world have been reporting rare sightings of animals returning to their habitats and even wandering around deserted city streets. Social media is chock full of praiseworthy posts about how the rivers and the air have start rejuvenating due to reduced human activity.

If we ever needed direct proof of the adverse impact of our actions on nature, this was it. Almost within no time since humans locked themselves away, nature began to mend itself. Right now, it is but natural that the whole world is pre-occupied with the pandemic that is threatening our very way of life. But on this World Environment Day, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and reflect on the very ways that brought us to this situation in the first place. As a friendly reminder that we share this planet with countless other creatures, here are some heartwarming instances of wildlife returning to its natural ways during the lockdown:

Olive Ridley Turtles Nest in Large Numbers in Odisha

Olive Ridley Turtles gather in the thousands in Odisha during nesting season.The olive ridley turtle is an endangered species of sea turtles. What makes it unique is that thousands of females of the species gather at the same beach to lay their eggs. One such location where these turtles gather is the Rushikulya rookery along the coast of Odisha. This year, in late March, over 2.7 lakh turtles gathered on the shores, a number that is reportedly much healthier than previous years. This could be because of the lack of trawlers in the waters, proper beach maintenance and reduced human activities. 

Coyotes spotted on Californian Streets

Packs of Coyotes were spotted on the streets in California.

It’s not just remote shorelines across the world but even cities have seen the resurgence of wildlife. With humans locked away, animals like deer, opossums and bobcats have been spotted on the streets of Los Angeles, California, otherwise one of the busiest cities in the world. One dog-walker even saw a pack of coyotes on the street! These are perhaps reminders that wildlife has always existed even in packed cities but is often hidden away from human eyes during the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Sika Deer Roams the Streets of Japan

The Sika deer. Large flocks were found roaming the streets in Japan.

While it may not be entirely true that animals have suddenly bounced back after the lockdown, the fact remains that many of them that live side by side along humans have gotten bolder to explore after the sudden drop in human activity. That is the case in Nara Park, Japan, where the sika deer (which look like the cartoon character Bambi) have grown accustomed to tourists feeding them rice crackers all year-round. Now that the park is devoid of human visitors, the deer have begun wandering into the city looking for food. They’ve been spotted crossing city streets and walking through subway stations, snacking on potted plants!

Dolphins bring gifts to humans on the shores of Australia

Humback dolphins in Australia trade 'treats' from the sea with humans in return for fish!

While most animal reappearances have been credited to human activities, the touching tale of dolphins in Australia seems to be an exception to the rule. According to local news reports, the humpback dolphins at the Barnacles Cafe & Dolphin Feeding at Tin Can Bay, Queensland, sorely miss their human friends. Dolphins are known to be highly intelligent and social creatures and these particular dolphins have been trained by the locals to fetch “gifts” from the sea (like barks, sea sponges and coral pieces) in return for fish. Now that the humans are gone and the cafe is shut, the dolphins have been leaving their gifts on the shores.

A Reminder That We Are Not Alone

Along with the spotting of wildlife across the world, there are an overwhelming number of stories of how the levels of air and water pollution have dropped drastically during the lockdown. A recent report showed how the Yamuna river is the cleanest it has been in three decades thanks to reduced human activity. Meanwhile, people were astounded to see the Himalayas with their naked eye all the way from Jalandhar, Punjab, which is well over 200 km away from the mountain range. All this and more should serve as a staunch reminder this World Environment Day that even after we tackle the coronavirus problem, we still have to be mindful of the way we consume resources and treat our fellow cohabitants that share this beautiful planet with us.

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About the Author

Suraj is a self-proclaimed audiophile and a jack-of-all-trades writer with a diverse set of interests. An amateur quizzer on the side, he claims that the first object he fell in love with was a book on flags at age 3. His favourite punctuation mark is the Oxford Comma, which coincidentally happens to be one of his favourite songs too!

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November 2, 2020

Nice information


June 24, 2020

Beauty of nature…….

Sanjal Jaiswal

June 22, 2020

I want this nature to behave friendly
With animals and don’t make the nature
They will look very beautiful nature
With animals
I like to play with little puppies
Cats and all animals
I love nature

Sarthak Thombare

June 13, 2020

???? The beauty of nature the birds ? the animal? including rock? and river ?️? are amazing ????? First time in world since 19century the Nature enjoyed the environment day?️?️?️⛰️?️???

Rishika Singha Ray

June 8, 2020

They are so cute animals… ???
I love birds and animals babies too.. Yes it is the beauty of nature ??????

Manasvi gandhi

June 8, 2020

I love animals and birds. I visited some sanctuaries and zoo. I love to see them.
And you are absolutely right. Thank you☺☺

Shaghaf Khan

June 8, 2020

I also love birds and animals and nature
too.I’m very happy to see that wildlife
is again recovering.???

Shaghaf Khan

June 8, 2020

I also love birds and animals and nature too.
I’m very happy to see that wildlife is again recovering.???


June 8, 2020

Beautiful animals ??


June 8, 2020

Very beautiful this lockdown
Pollution it is a enjoy time
For animals.l also love animals too??


June 6, 2020

Yes, the nature is very beautiful and fascinating this is known as the wonderful magic of nature! ???? Our India is gold


June 6, 2020

But I’m really sad about Vinayaki this World Environment Day ??????


June 6, 2020

Very sad ? for the elephant?? killed in KERALA.

Divya labde

June 5, 2020

We should pray for animals and birds and
Thankful to God because I m here to see beautiful

Surinder kaur Anand

June 5, 2020

Love to gain information for animals

ishmeet kaur

June 5, 2020

I love all animals


June 5, 2020



June 5, 2020

Happy Environment Day


June 5, 2020

I am very proud that my birthday is today (5th June) because I am a big animal lover. ♥ ♥

Hardik sharma

June 5, 2020

Very sad ? for the elephant?? killed in KERALA.


June 5, 2020

i love birds and animal babies

Anushka singh

June 5, 2020

All here is,is the beauty of nature????????

Pooja. V

June 5, 2020

I think that it would be very much beautiful to see the animals on the streets.??☺️☺️


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