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Nature reclaims world's city streets and spaces emptied by virus outbreak

Emboldened wildlife takes free rein to wander cities and towns, undisturbed by human traffic

Scopoli's shearwater birds (calonectris diomedea) on the Mediterranean Sea at the Calanques National Park, off the coast of south-eastern France. Here wildlife "is reclaiming its natural habitat with surprising speed", says the park's president, Didier Reault.

A puma turned up in the centre of the Chilean capital Santiago, which is under curfew. "This is the habitat they once had and that we've taken away from them," said Marcelo Giagnoni, the head of Chile's agricultural and livestock service, that helped police capture the curious big cat.


AS humans retreat into their homes as more and more countries go under coronavirus lockdown, wild animals are slipping cover to explore the empty streets of some of the world's biggest cities.

Wild boar have descended from the hills around Barcelona while sika deer are nosing...

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