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A Balance Restored: Nature’s Comeback Amidst the Covid-19 Shutdowns

As the world stands still with bated breath amid the Covid-19 shutdowns, nature breathes a sigh of relief. Global air quality is on the up and up, and the Ozone layer is healing itself at a faster rate than ever before observed. All around the world, nature is awakening, as if resurrected. The twittering of birds, once drowned out by the honking of cars and the commotion of man, is now the loudest sound on the streets.
Take a look at these instances of nature reclaiming towns and cities around the nation, as humanity vanishes off of the streets.

°RUSHIKULYA RIVER, ODISHA – OLIVE RIDLEY TURTLES

Lakhs of endangered Olive Ridley turtles flocked the Rushikulya river mouth for their annual mass nesting in Odisha’s Ganjam district.

°SANJAY GANDHI NATIONAL PARK – CHITAL

Spotted Deer (Chital) were spotted at Borivali’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

°CHANDIGARH – SAMBAR DEER

The Sambar Deer makes its way into the populated areas of Chandigarh amidst the nationwide shutdown.

°NOIDA – NILGAI

A nilgai had walked in for a stroll around one of NCR’s most popular entertainment destinations, The Great India Place Mall.

°SONAPUR, ASSAM – ONE-HORNED RHINO

Assam is home to the largest population of one-horned rhinos and houses more than 2,600 of them.

°CALICUT – INDIAN CIVET

Initially thought to be the critically endangered Malabar large spotted civet, this footage captures the return of the small Indian Civet to the streets of Calicut.

°VISAKHAPATNAM – WHALE SHARKS

This footage captured off of the coast of Vizag shows whale sharks returning to Indian waters.

°BAY OF MUMBAI – DOLPHINS

Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins are very much part of Mumbai’s coastal line and have been making a comeback over the last few years, being sighted in large numbers during the shutdown.

This lockdown has highlighted the effects of human interference on the natural world, bathing us in an unfavourable light. TheVibe celebrates this breathtaking return of nature, as it reclaims what is rightfully its own.

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