Quiet and unusual behavior by animals during the solar eclipse

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Solar eclipse mania gripped North America on April 8 as the breathtaking celestial spectacle captivated tens of millions of people.
Amid this, scientists have said that animals like giraffes, gorillas, lions, macaws and flamingoes displayed unusual behaviour during the eclipse, according to CBS News.
The scientists examined animals on Monday in several zoos located along the path of the totality of the eclipse, including the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas.
Most of the animals at the zoo were quiet, but a few, including the gorillas, lions, and lemurs, showed more alertness and interest than usual.
The gorillas, giraffes, elephants, kudu, coatis, bonobos, and Aldabra tortoises were some of the animals that went to their barns.
At the Indianapolis Zoo, birds also displayed unusual behaviour, according to a zoo official.
Notably, in 2017, a similar behaviour was observed in animals during the solar eclipse.
While some animals displayed indications of fear, most of them displayed behaviours that are typically observed in the evening or at night.

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On April 8, tens of millions of people were enthralled with the stunning celestial spectacle that was the solar eclipse, which sent shockwaves across North America. It was a day of many festivals, viewing parties, and large-scale weddings. In the midst of all of this, scientists have reported that peculiar behavior was shown by flamingos, gorillas, lions, macaws, and giraffes during the eclipse, according to CBS News.

Not much is known about how total eclipses affect animals because they happen so infrequently. On Monday, the scientists studied animals at a number of zoos along the eclipse’s path, including the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas. A few zoo animals, such as the gorillas, lions, and lemurs, displayed greater alertness and interest than usual, but the majority of the animals were silent. Above all, there were no indications of elevated anxiety or tense actions observed. Things returned to normal almost immediately after the totality period ended, according to a zoo spokesperson.

A lot of them displayed traits that are only seen at night, like approaching barn doors. Among the creatures that went to their barns were the gorillas, giraffes, elephants, kudu, coatis, bonobos, and Aldabra tortoises.

However, nocturnal animals exhibited distinctive daytime behaviors. Throughout the day, the Texas zoo’s ringtail cat and two owl species were more active.

At the Dallas Zoo, zookeepers saw giraffes and zebras running around during the eclipse. At the zoo, the chimpanzees patrolled the perimeter of their enclosure while a bachelor group of gorillas made their way towards the door they use regularly.

An ostrich at the Dallas Zoo also released an egg during the eclipse. The other birds started to slow down before totality. Penguins and flamingos snuggled closely together.

According to a zoo official, birds at the Indianapolis Zoo also exhibited strange behavior. Normally chatty birds, like budgies and macaws, went silent and ascended their roosts.

Notably, during the 2017 solar eclipse, animals were seen exhibiting a similar behavior. The outlet, citing a 2020 study, claims that 17 species—including birds, reptiles, and mammals—at a South Carolina zoo. It was reported that in response to the eclipse, nearly 75% of species showed some sort of change. The majority of the animals showed behaviors that are usually seen in the evening or at night, even though some of them showed signs of fear.

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