Animals showed unusual calm behavior during solar eclipse in the US

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Animals showed unusual calm behavior during solar eclipse in the US

Gorillas, lions and lemurs showed more alertness and interest than usual.

Solar eclipse mania gripped North America on April 8 as the stunning celestial spectacle captivated tens of millions of people. Many parties, festivals and mass weddings were celebrated that day. Amid this, scientists have said that animals such as giraffes, gorillas, lions, macaws and flamingos showed unusual behavior during the eclipse, according to CBS News.

Since total eclipses are a rare event, very little is known about the effects they have on animals. Scientists examined animals Monday at several zoos located along the eclipse path, including the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas. Most of the zoo’s animals were calm, but some, including gorillas, lions and lemurs, showed more alertness and interest than usual. “Most importantly, we didn’t see any signs of increased anxiety or nervous behavior. And when totality passed, everything went back to normal, almost immediately!” a zoo spokesperson said.

Many displayed characteristics that are displayed at night, such as moving toward barn doors. Gorillas, giraffes, elephants, kudu, coatis, bonobos and Aldabra tortoises were some of the animals that came to their barns.

On the other hand, nocturnal animals had unique diurnal behavior. A ring-tailed cat and two species of owl showed increased activity during the day at the Texas zoo.

Dallas Zookeepers saw giraffes and zebras running during the eclipse. While the gorillas in a single group headed toward the gate they use at night, the chimpanzees patrolled the perimeter of their enclosure at the zoo.

During the eclipse, an ostrich at the Dallas Zoo also laid an egg. Before totality, the other birds calmed down. Penguins and flamingos huddled close together.

At the Indianapolis Zoo, birds also displayed unusual behavior, according to a zoo official. Birds that are usually noisy at night, such as macaws and parakeets, fell silent and raised their perches.

It should be noted that in 2017, similar behavior was observed in animals during the solar eclipse. According to the outlet, citing a 2020 study, 17 species, including mammals, birds and reptiles, in a South Carolina zoo. Nearly 75 percent of species were reported to exhibit some type of change in reaction to the eclipse. While some animals showed signs of fear, most showed behaviors typically seen in the afternoon or at night.

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