Social media has been flooded with pictures of animals who have taken over roads as humans remain under lockdown. The latest to join the soiree are the lions of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. By Manya Saini

 

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Amid the worldwide lockdown due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, tourist destinations and popular spots are currently deserted. While we are busy trying to figure out how to beat the isolation blues, animals across the world can be seen rejoicing this latest development.

A pride of lions has recently been photographed napping and sunbathing in the middle of an empty tarmac road in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The unusual scene was captured by park ranger Richard Sowry even as the lions remained completely relaxed and unperturbed by his presence.

Normally, this time of the year, there is a large number of tourists who visit the park and the road sees extensive vehicular movement. However, since March 25, the place has gone a lot quieter as the park closed its doors to visitors due to South Africa’s nationwide lockdown to contain coronavirus being in force.

 

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The Kruger National Park took to its official handle on Twitter to show the world pictures of the lion pride’s lazing around with not a care in the world. It added that this was a sight that tourists do not usually get to see as the lions usually reside in Kempiana Contractual Park.

According to a ranger, animals getting too comfortable on roads has its downsides, as once the lockdown is lifted, vehicles will return in full swing. This can cause distress and injuries among animals.

Even though it might be temporary, it is still heartwarming for people to see nature come to life in these extraordinary times. The key to coping is finding joy in the little things like this that make the world beautiful for everyone, people and animals alike.

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