With people now being isolated at their houses due to coronavirus situation, the wildlife seems to be blooming again. As hurtful as the situation is, it is still bringing out to life some heartwarmingnews. And the lions roaming and chilling freely on the streets of South Africa, Kruger National Park, is one of those.
These lions seem to have realized that people are not being around as usually to visit them at the park, so they have decided to take some time for themselves and to be big, lazy cats laying on the streets.
The photos were snapped by game ranger Richard Sowry while out on patrol earlier this week near the Orpen Rest Camp.
“These are difficult times for everyone and the intention was to bring people joy,” he told the BBC.
Since the Kruger National Park has been closed since March 25 due to the coronavirus lockdown, there are no more tourists’ vehicles wandering around, and the lions seem to have noticed that.
“This lion pride are usually resident on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see,” tweeted Kruger Wednesday. “This afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp.
Kruger visitors that tourists do not normally see. #SALockdown This lion pride are usually resident on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see. This afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp.
📸Section Ranger Richard Sowry pic.twitter.com/jFUBAWvmsA
“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 CNN.
While the photos are striking, Phaahla said lockdown hasn’t led to many changes in animal behavior.
They just occupy places that they would normally shun when there are tourists,” he said. “People should remember that KNP is still a largely wild area and in the absence of humans, wildlife is more active.”
“We would like to thank the public for their on-going support in line with government’s strategy to mitigate the impact of COVID 19, we all have an obligation to flatten the curve,” SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said in the statement.
In order for us to function in a healthy society, there’s a set of unwritten rules we have to follow. Those are one of the things that no school teaches you, and at some point, you have to learn that yourself. Some call them good manners, some call them rules, or maybe just common sense.
However you name it, society has a rule book that ‘forces’ people to behave and be good to one another. In order to do that you have to be aware of these “unwritten rules”. Therefore, today we will share some with you.
One Reddit user asked a question: “What is one ‘unwritten rule’ that you believe everyone should know and follow?” And there were quite some people who shared their wisdom with the internet. People were listing things that should be common knowledge but for some reason aren’t, and it’s about time everyone learned them. Therefore, scroll down below to check out this list of “rules” we compiled for you. And if you know another one that hasn’t been mentioned, make sure to share it with us in the comment section.
If I show you a picture on my phone, don’t go swiping sideways.- Soft-Problem
Don’t watch loud videos on your phone at a restaurant. Can’t believe this isn’t common curtesy anymore. –
If you borrow something, give it back in the same condition.- Ryastor
If someone is giving you a ride you should be ready at the door before they get there. It’s so rude to have someone waiting on you when they are doing you a favor by picking you up. –Thatweirdboringdude
Let us get off the lift/train before you try to barge on ffs – Melassia
The last one to go to bed has to turn the light off. –Rebeca2277
When you have a complaint with a retail store or business, please remember that the person you are speaking too (or yelling at sadly) is just the one that happened to pick up the phone or is standing at the till. they likely have nothing to do with what went wrong and have little sway in what can be done to help. They don’t need to be yelled and screamed at for something they did not do or is under the control of a corporate office/higher up.- sebastianrileyt2
If someone is wearing headphones and is clearly keeping to themselves, leave them the fuck alone!-