As a system that’s built solely around the principle of survival of the fittest, nature adapts to changes much faster than us humans. Lately, Richard Sowry, a ranger at Kruger National Park in South Africa, spotted an unusual sighting that was apparently caused by the sudden lockdown – a pride of lions casually catching a nap on a road that is usually packed with tourists.
The ranger noticed the pride from a distance, while on his daily patrol in the park. He carefully neared the sleepy group, who seemingly didn’t pay much attention to his presence, even when he was only a few meters away. In an interview with BBC News Richard explained: “Lions are used to people in vehicles. All animals have much more of an instinctive fear of people on foot, so if I had walked up they would never have allowed me to get so close.”
But the sleepy bunch weren’t the only ones to take advantage of the human’s sudden disappearance. A different group of lions was later spotted happily roaming, and playing around the park’s golf course. A ranger filmed the event and uploaded the video to Kruger Park’s Twitter account with the caption reading: ‘Even as the sun rises, without all our human visitors, the urge to sing the ‘lion sleeps tonight’ is just a whim away, a whim away, a whim away!’
Even as the sun rises, without all our human visitors, the urge to sing the 'lion sleeps tonight' is just a whim away, a whim away, a whim away!— Kruger National Park (@SANParksKNP) April 13, 2020
📸 ©️ Jean Rossouw; Skukuza Golf Club , Kruger National Park@SANParks pic.twitter.com/M9XiagVqjX
We’re really split over this one – on the one hand, it’s sad that the park is closed, and can’t educate people on the importance of preserving nature, but on the other hand, we’re glad to see that for the first time, wild animals can fully enjoy their natural habitats.
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