Lions take advantage of quarantine to bask on South African roads !

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Lions take advantage of quarantine to bask on South African roads !

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Since the beginning of the confinement, we have observed some very unusual situations: goats conquering a city in Wales, a dolphin swimming in the port of Cagliari... Nature and animals seem to greatly appreciate the absence of tourists. It is now in South Africa that a similar situation has been observed. 

Lion in middle of the road in South Africa.

Lion in middle of the road in South Africa.

Lions appreciate the absence of tourists to enjoy their freedom.

As in many other countries, South Africa has closed its doors to tourists in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Several national parks, such as the Kruger Park, have also been closed since 25 March. The pandemic has also put an end to the ballet of tourist jeeps. Free to roam around, the lions now take advantage of the pandemic to take a nap on the road, as ranger Richard Sowry reported.

Located in northeastern South Africa, this park is usually very popular with tourists, and the lions only venture out on the roads at night in winter. "Normally they would be in the bushes because of the traffic but they are very smart and now they are enjoying the freedom of the park without us. It had rained on Tuesday night. As a result, the tar was drier than the grass, and fat cats and water don't mix," Sowry said.

Lion thinking he owns the road !

Lion thinking he owns the road !

Free to lay on the road : not for long !

The ranger also reported that lions and hyenas roamed a golf course in this park. However, he is concerned that these animals think that these roads are now safe and quiet places. The reopening of the park and the return of tourists could therefore be particularly problematic.

Axelle - Lion Republic writer.


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