Learn Social Distancing From 8 Animals

by Sanjana Shenoy
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On a usual day, we might find ourselves, taking a stroll in a park, visiting an animal shelter, spending time with our loved ones and being one with nature. But nowadays, things are quite different. While the animals have come out of their homes to take a stroll on the streets and nature is thriving with vibrancy, we are cooped up in our homes, maintaining social distancing due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how different species of animals maintain social distancing and there is alot we can learn from them. So here are social distancing lessons from 8 animals.

1. Orangutans

Orangutans are known for their intelligence and their distinct red fur. They are semi solitary creatures in the wild. You can often find them spending most of their time hanging out in trees. This largest living tree mammal spends 90% of its time high up in the forest canopy, sleeping in nests built from folded leaves and branches, 15 to 100 feet above the ground. They have a semi solitary social system. Its believed that seasonal distribution of fruit and absence of natural predators in the forest are the reasons behind their solitary lives.

World Earth Day learn social distancing from animals

2. Blue Whales

The largest mammal on the planet, the majestic blue whale rarely swim in groups. They usually swim alone or in pairs. They communicate in a unique independent manner. Blue whales use low pitched moans and whines to call out their mates from miles away. Since they are gigantic in size, it’s not a surprise that they definitely need their own space. But the best part is they can communicate with each other through calls from around 1000 miles away. So the moral of this story is ladies and gentlemen, that even though you have to maintain social distancing, your loved ones are just a call away.

World Earth Day learn social distancing from animals

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3. Polar Bears

Polar Bears are the largest land-based carnivores on the Earth. They spend most of their time around water and ice. Apart from seeking a mate in the early summer and late spring, adult polar bears are solitary creatures. They do not form social groups and mostly live alone. When they aren’t hunting, you can find them sleeping or resting. So maybe this is the time to catch up on some sleep and rest if you’re done with your work.

World Earth Day learn social distancing from animals

4. Jaguars

Jaguars are known for hunting alone. These land-based hunters usually climb trees to hunt their prey from above. Unlike most cats, they hunt for fish in rivers and pools. These solitary cats are skilled swimmers. They cross large rivers to search for food and mating opportunities. So the next time you go shopping, maintain social distancing and in lieu of the guidelines, do take a tip or two from jaguars and shop alone.

World Earth Day learn social distancing from animals

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5. Marine Turtles

Marine turtles are spectacular navigators. They prefer to interact with only one other turtle for short periods. They do this for mating or nesting. Once the hatchlings emerge from their nests they commence a long solo journey in the ocean, if they survive they remain alone for many years. They use Earth’s magnetic forces to guide them. Did you know a Captive Turtles Swims 37,000km From Africa To Australia To Travel Back Home After 20 Years?

World Earth Day learn social distancing from animals

6. Platypus

The Australian platypus is shy by nature. It spends most of its time eating crustaceans and plants at the bottom of the water bodies. The platypus rests in its burrow and leads a happy solo life. The platypus is anti-social and doesn’t reside in social groups. They are territorial and solitary creatures. So maybe this lockdown is a good opportunity to spend quality time with yourself like the platypus.

World Earth Day learn social distancing from animals

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7. Snow Leopard

Snow leopards are stealthy and solitary predators. They prefer to stay in social groups only during mating season or when a mother looks after her cubs. The shy cats aren’t afraid of living a solitary life. They cover up to hundreds of square kilometres while patrolling home ranges. They are able to kill prey, three times their own weight and are usually active during dusk and dawn. CCTV Captures Leopard In Vaishno Devi, Locals Call It Mata Rani Ka Sher’

World Earth Day learn social distancing from animals

8. Giant Pandas

These solitary and peaceful animals spend over 14 hours a day eating. Giant Pandas are skilled tree climbers and sit perched on trees eating. They have a spectacular sense of smell which helps them in finding mates or in avoiding direct contact with others. Pandas spend time together in social groups mainly during breeding season. These solitary cute creatures are happy and at peace with themselves. So maybe its time to unleash your inner Panda by cooking and eating delicious meals during this lockdown.

World Earth Day learn social distancing from animals

So here are great social distancing lessons which we can learn from animals. So spend time cooking and eating, catching up on sleep, communicating with your loves ones through calls and taking care of yourselves.


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