KEY POINTS

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently ordered a nationwide lockdown
  • Wild goats have been roaming around a town in north Wales amid the lockdown 
  • The goats likely wandered the town because of the sudden lack of human activity

Wild goats have taken over the now empty streets of a town in north Wales as residents remain in their homes due to strict coronavirus-related restrictions. The herd of Kashmiri goats live on the hill close to the town of Llandudno and rarely venture in the places where people and cars are but, because of the lack of human activity, the goats have comfortably taken over the town's streets.

"There are very few visitors on the top [of the Orme], so they have come down in their droves," Town Councillor Carol Marubbi told BBC News. "There isn't anyone else around so they probably decided they may as well take over."

The goats' takeover is providing "free entertainment" for the residents who have to stay indoors to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Videos and images of the creatures casually strolling the town have also been entertaining people online.

"This shows what it's all about. They're scared of me (a human) in this. They don't like people," Andrew Stuart of the Machester Evening News tweeted, along with a short video of the goats walking along an alleyway but pausing when they spotted him. "They usually only come down from the Great Orme when it's windy, and only the back streets at the top of Mostyn Street. Now lockdown means it's empty, they're going further than ever."

Stuart has been tweeting the goats' other activities, from the creatures walking around a churchyard and eating the bushes to them just casually standing in the streets. 

Apart from the Kashmiri goats in Llandudno, other places that have been placed under strict restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have also seen more activity from wild animals that usually avoid the human-packed areas.

For instance, a monkey was spotted in an alleyway in New Delhi while a group of monkeys was also spotted near a shop in Lopburi, Thailand. Deer have also been roaming the streets of Nara, Japan, and wild turkeys have been spotted in an empty schoolyard in California.

Overall, wild animals seem to be exploring their new surroundings while humans have to stay indoors to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

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