As South Africans face their fourth week of the strict national Covid-19 lockdown, it seems our local wildlife have been going to town – literally!
Our streets may be empty of people, but reports and footage from across the country which have been doing the rounds on social media show our animals having the best time out.
From cute penguins waddling through Simon’s Town to hippos casually cruising a KwaZulu-Natal town, here are some incredible wildlife sightings from cities and towns across South Africa.
Last week, a group of penguins took a cheeky trip into the suburbs. It was a happy moment to see that Simon’s Town penguins have been stayiing safe during the lockdown, since fewer people out and about means fewer threats to these adorable creatures.
However the penguins could have maintained a bit more social distancing in our view!
Earlier in April, residents of St Lucia also encountered some local hippos setting off on a pleasant evening stroll.
WATCH: While the town of St Lucia remains in lockdown, hippos continue to take their evening strolls through the deserted streets. These hippos were spotted out on Sunday night.— Suthentira Govender (@SuthentiraG) April 1, 2020
Video: Marie Stubbe@TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/POBSRvgMWo
Meanwhile, Kruger National Park has has had some incredible wildlife stories emerge. The park is currently closed to visitors.
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