I’ve always been of the opinion that we have a lot to learn from animals. Be it lessons on compassion where animals have engaged in interspecies adoptions or even saved lives of people during a crisis, sometimes sacrificing themselves for the greater good. Currently, the world has hit a pause button due to the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing is the new normal. And while many people find it difficult to adapt to the ‘new normal’, animals yet again have a lesson for us. A group of monkeys in Arunachal Pradesh have imparted valuable teachings on social distancing, through their actions.
What’s In It?
A viral picture on social media, showed a group of macaques spaced out in two rows while sitting and devouring watermelons in Arunachal Pradesh. The picture showed a man distributing slices of watermelons and bananas. While one macaque was seen eating them, the others patiently waited in the queue for their turn. Whether you call it a happy coincidence or a thoughtful action, netizens are thoroughly impressed by the rightful social distancing practices by the intelligent creatures.
MLA Kiren Rijiju shared this picture of monkeys seen social distancing while eating fruits in a highway in Arunachal Pradesh. “A perfect #SocialDistancing seen near Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh along Assam-Arunachal boundary. If we observe carefully, animals can teach us many vital lessons that we may have missed in the haste of our normal daily lives,” Rijiju posted this caption while sharing the picture clicked by Arup Kalita. This picture was shared by the MLA with the intention to stress on the significance of social distancing during this coronavirus pandemic.
A perfect #SocialDistancing seen near Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh along Assam-Arunachal boundary. If we observe carefully, animals can teach us many vital lessons that we may have missed in the haste of our normal daily lives.
(Picture taken by Arup Kalita, Tezpur) pic.twitter.com/5iIr8SELUz
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) April 28, 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that social distancing involves keeping a distance of 3 feet between yourself and anyone who’s sneezing or coughing to contain the spread of the highly contagious virus. WHO explains on its website “When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease”. Social distancing is the new normal, and if we need a little inspiration to adapt to this, we can always learn a lesson or two from the macaques in Arunachal Pradesh. Learn Social Distancing From 8 Animals