Wildlife are taking back their space as tourism dies down and people are forced to stay indoors during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
A South African lion pride, for instance, has been spotted taking a sunny cat nap in the middle of a road, given the lack of traffic.
Workers at the country’s Kruger National Park made the discovery of at least 11 lions sunbathing.
According to the park’s tweet, this family of lions are residents of Kempiana Contractual Park, an area that Kruger tourists don’t usually see.
“This afternoon, they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp,” the park wrote, along with the photos taken by ranger Richard Sowry.
Typically, the area is busy with tourists, but not now given the park has been closed since March 25, according to CNN. The country has been in a nationwide lockdown since then.
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“Lying on the road during the daytime is unusual because, under normal circumstances, there would be traffic and that pushes them into the bush,” park spokesman Isaac Phaahla told the publication.
“They just occupy places that they would normally shun when there are tourists,” he continued. “People should remember that KNP is still a largely wild area, and in the absence of humans, wildlife is more active.”
South Africa isn’t the only country seeing wildlife taking over.
In late March, a pack of wild mountain goats was seen in a small community in Wales.