COVID-19: The wild are back to life, for now

In the last few days, many photos and videos going viral on social media showed wild animals on streets | All photos from Twitter

Clean rivers. Pure air. A lasting quietness. The lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 has brought about a temporary relief to elements of nature, especially the wildlife which plays a great role in running our ecosystem.

In the last few days, many photos and videos going viral on social media showed wild animals on streets. A Nilgai was seen crossing a road in Noida, dolphins were spotted in the sea off Mumbai, a civet was seen in Kozhikode, Kerala, elephants reclaimed their spaces across train lines and highways laid through forests and Sambar deers enjoyed a walk in human habitats.

Can all these be termed as “dramatic change”, an indicator of good environment?

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