Coronavirus drives wild animals into cities

Deer roaming towns, starving monkeys fighting... Wild animals are also facing the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Coronavirus outbreak causes animal outbreak

Wildlife makes an appearance

Rumors, fake news, and misinformation about the coronavirus are spreading xenophobia towards China and Asian countries in general. While tourism in general has grinded to a halt due to the stay-at-home orders and advisories internationally, there is one group that has not been given a second thought. Wildlife has been impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic, specifically animals living in zoos or widely-visited tourist attractions.

In Nara, in Japan these sika deer are a major tourist attraction. Ordinarily, thousands of tourists line up to feed and take photos with them. But since the health crisis linked to coronavirus and the restriction on movement imposed by the Japanese government, the park has been emptied. The deer have started to venture into nearby towns in search of food. A similar situation is unfolding in the city of Lopburi in Thailand. In Asia, feeding wildlife is a very popular tourist attraction that allows tourists to get up close with the animals. Several NGOs and scientists condemn the harmful impact that these practices can have on both the wildlife and the tourists. While the Thai authorities are anticipating a decrease in visitor numbers this year, of at least 6 million tourists, monkeys from the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple, accustomed to being fed by the tourists, found themselves alone. Confrontations broke out among the packs of monkeys in search of food in the city.

How to prevent the virus

Since the coronavirus taskforce predicts that a coronavirus vaccine will not be perfected for another year or year and a half, it is best to start protecting oneself. Health professionals are asking citizens to stay inside and to avoid contact as much as possible with those outside of your housing or immediate circle. The mass stockpiling of medical masks are preventing workers from having the proper supplies. Other known prevention methods include rigorously and frequently washing hands, using hand sanitizer if soap is unavailable, disinfecting any and all surfaces, and preparing medicine and food supplies in case of infection.


03/20/2020 12:58 PM
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  • Mike R.
    8 hours


  • Marilyn B.
    2 days

    Humans are stupid and mess everything up.

  • Herman H.
    2 days

    See how stupid they domesticated animals now how many will die

  • Erica H.
    2 days

    This is why you DONT FEED WILDLIFE! If they hadn't been fed by people, they would remain in their natural habitats at a much more reasonable population size. But they've overbred because of the abundance of food and are now dependent on people. Wild ducks stop naturally migrating when you feed them bread all the time. Leave the freaking wildlife alone!! So greedy of humans to want to touch and feed them. That's not natural and it's harmful!

  • Peter M.
    2 days

    They will eat them

  • Alicia R.
    2 days

    Monkeys been out of control in Thailand ans Indonesia as in many otber places, turist love them....Iam glad now they will find their way back to the jungle if any left..and be monkeys again!

  • Maureen M.
    2 days

    This do sad, they've become dependant on humans for years, for food. Many may die.

  • Den M.
    2 days

    All because of the power of $. This is what we'll look like with empty supermarkets!

  • Ian M.
    2 days

    God will help. Lol

  • Simona M.
    3 days

    Ok, I've only watched 1/4 of this video and already done agree with it. Please look at the cause and not the efect. I don't what to say anymore cz will be a longgg comment. But instead of treating the symptoms we should treat the cause. 🙄 p.s. typically humans, choosing the shorter, easier way 🤦🏽‍♀️

  • Sandy B.
    3 days

    In India they feed the monkeys the people

  • Dusty M.
    3 days

    At least animals can't get sick and die from coronavirus like humans

  • James H.
    4 days

    Send on the Chinese they we eat them all

  • Hades F.
    4 days

    I know a few hunters that can help them

  • Monique D.
    4 days

    This is why you don’t feed the wildlife!!!

  • Glenn W.
    4 days

    I was in Nara and it was an interesting experience

  • Julia C.
    4 days

    Stop feeding them. Terrible.

  • Dwayne W.
    4 days

    Absolute bullshit of a post

  • Noémy L.
    4 days

    les chevreuils de Nara 😥

  • Lee L.
    5 days

    This is why you don't feed wildlife