Wildlife benefits from coronavirus lockdown


This 11 April 2020 video says about itself:

At the Urubo Golf Country Club in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, world’s friendliest rodents capybaras have been spotted more frequently in recent days as the club has not been frequented often due to the coronavirus outbreak, as footage filmed on Saturday shows.

Dozens of rodents could be seen moving in herds and swimming in the lagoon of the exclusive resort now deserted.

As a local worker explained, up to 40 capybaras took over the grounds of the golf club since the quarantine started.

The mammals, which are usually seen in smaller numbers in the area, are known as the largest rodent in the world and are a native species of Bolivia.

The country, whose government declared a quarantine on March 21, recorded 139 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 10 deaths as of Saturday.

See also this tweet from South Africa.

5 reasons you might be seeing more wildlife during the COVID-19 pandemic. From rats and coyotes in the streets to birds in the trees, people are noticing more animals than ever during the time of the coronavirus. By Bethany Brookshire, June 5, 2020.

Daily global CO2 emissions dropped dramatically as COVID-19 kept people home. Daily carbon dioxide emissions in early April were 17 percent lower than average daily emissions for 2019, thanks to government policies to restrict the spread of the coronavirus. By Carolyn Gramling, May 19, 2020.

The U.K.’s CO2 emissions dropped to a 100-year low in lockdown.

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