New Coronavirus and its effects on animals and birds.
All over the globe, because of lockdowns being imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been an impact seen on the behavior of birds and animals. The noise of the traffic came to a stop, but with it, came the chirping and singing of birds in many cities, a thing almost unheard of, since many years.
Blandine Doligez, is a researcher who is a specialist in the study of birds. In France, she noted that in cities, the birds tend to sing a lot more on Saturdays and Sundays and this is because they are disturbed by human beings far less than they are on weekdays.
Blandine Doligez says:
“Studies carried out in urban areas on bird populations have already highlighted the role of the level of disturbance, such as the intensity of human passage near nests, on different parameters of the reproduction.”
Lockdowns have also had a great impact on mammals, so says Jean-Michel Gaillard, who is the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Research Director. He says:
“Quite simply because space usually occupied by humans and their activities has become vacant and it has become space available for animals who will integrate it into their environment.”
Jean-Michel Gaillard adds:
“Most mammal species know how to adapt to these changes really well. This is called plastic behaviour so when animals observe — and this is very, very, fast — that nobody is there, they will settle down.”
More and more animals like coyotes, deer, mountain goats, foxes, bears, hedgehogs penguins, wild boar, etc., have been seen freely roaming quiet streets in many cities all across the globe, as a result of the outbreak of the New Coronavirus.
And animals in zoos are taking the maximum advantage. With no people coming to the zoos, animals in zoos are spending more time mating. For instance, in Hong Kong’s Ocean Park, a panda there, could possibly be pregnant – this after 10 years of attempts made to mate naturally.
Ocean Park, Executive Director, Michael Boos, says:
“The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination.”
What next will we see with the animal world, as a result of the New Coronavirus?