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Social Distancing? Animals better than Humans


You are standing right next to someone who suffers from COVID19, he coughs or sneezes, from their mouth or nose, they spray small liquid droplets which probably contain the virus and spreads it. Likewise, you can breathe in the droplets and the disease with you standing too close. World Health Organization (WHO) has put the advice for the public which mentions maintaining the distance of at least 1 meter (3feet) between you and the person who is sneezing or coughing. Even so, some of the stubborn don’t follow these guidelines.

To show all the people around, find the photos compiled across the globe to show how animals “practicing” social distancing during this pandemic. From seagulls to pigeons to cats and even moose, all these beautiful brute, tells everyone how to behave, so the curve of the infectious cases flatten quicker.

Doing Our Part To Keep Apart

CAT-Cial Distancing In Japan

Interestingly, some critters, like chimpanzees and honeybees, know very well to take preventive measures for coronavirus spread. Both of the species can be really relentless when it comes out to drive out the sick.

Alison McAfee, a fellow with postdoctoral at North Carolina State University’s Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, says bacterial infections, that afflict honeybee colonies, like American foulbrood, is a menace to them which leave to liquify honeybee larvae from the inside. This is where the name comes from, the brown gooey mess. Unfortunately “It has a putrid smell”, she says.

Social Ducktancing

Social Ducktancing

This Dog From Local News Is Practicing Social Distancing

She remembers an incident when she was studying chimpanzees in Tanzania, where Jane Goodall, a primatologist and anthropologist, kept an eye on a chimp named McGregor who has developed polio, which was transmitted by a highly contagious virus.

This resulted in another fellow chimp moving away from him, many times he reached his hand out in greetings but they would recete. His peers even attacked him, dropping off McGregor out of the troop. Being partly paralyzed, he went to approach other chimps who were grooming in a tree but was cast out.

Meanhwhile In Poland

“For glutted two minutes, he [McGregor] sat frozen, staring all his fellow mates,” wrote Jane Goodall in her book In the Shadow of Man released in 1971.

Jane Goodall mentioned that many precedents where chimps have shunned, polo ridden mates which she researched as well, though, in the abundance of cases she highlighted, infectious individuals were accepted back in the group.

This Aussie Heard About Social Distancing, Cat Didn’t

However, it has been observed that not all animals are so intrusive towards their infected neighbors, they often ignore them to avoid infecting them or others.

Even Dogs Respect And Understand Social Distancing

It’s quite challenging because diseased creatures are not always “easy to see”, explains a lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy, Joseph Kiesecker.

Well, all the research till date tells us that “Animals are smarter” says Kiesecker.

Social Distancing By A Cat

Since such steps help them safeguard the health of their colonies, beekeepers and researchers have propagated for this behavior for decades.

Even The Moose Are Practicing Social Distancing

On the other hand, animals have specialized sense through which they can detect certain diseases – oftentimes even before the symptoms are exhibited – and accordingly the critter changes the behavior not to get ill.

Romeo And Mewliet

In the end, animals don’t have any idea, “if they realize to stay home, not to disseminate such diseases they can reduce the transmission rate”Kiesecker explains. “As humans, we have that superpower”. “A BIG DIFFERENCE”.


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