Wildlife, in some of the world's most human-populated places, is taking advantage of the empty streets by running... wild. As towns and cities across the planet remain on lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak, animals are making the most of life without the crowds by roaming freely in the likes of Paris and Dubai. We first saw the unusual goings-on in the UK last week, when a herd of mountain goats descended on the Welsh seaside town of Llandudno and, since then, there has been deer appearing in London streets too. Elsewhere, Parisian residents out shopping for their essentials have watched as adorable ducks cross the usually busy streets. Venice, which is used to motorboat traffic bringing in hordes of tourists, now has clear waters – and seabirds can enjoy leisurely swims. Meanwhile, rabbits have taken to the streets in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand and elegant peacocks have been spotted seemingly browsing the shop windows. Take a look at the photos of wildlife reclaiming deserted streets in towns and cities around the world...
Seabirds in Venice
This seabird was pictured swimming across clear waters next to a parked gondola on a Venice canal, on 17th March. As a result of decreased motorboat traffic, the city's famous canals have welcomed new life.
Sika deer in Nara
The ancient Japanese city of Nara, where free-roaming deer are normally a tourist attraction, has seen a decline in visitor numbers but increasing groups of the animals were spotted venturing into residential areas on 12th March.
Rabbits in Christchurch
These rabbits crossed a main road in Christchurch on 1st April, during lockdown in New Zealand.
Mountain goats in Llandudo
The goats of the Welsh seaside spot, Llandudno, normally live on the rocky Great Orme but, on 31st March, the herd was drawn into the quiet town.
Peacocks in Ronda
Two peacocks walked down a street in the Spanish city of Ronda on 3rd April, during the national lockdown.
Deer in London
People passed a herd of fallow deer grazing on the lawns of a housing estate in Harold Hill in east London on 4th April, as nature took advantage of life in Britain during the nationwide lockdown.
Monkeys in New Delhi
Monkeys were pictured eating bananas in a deserted street during the government-imposed lockdown in India's capital, New Delhi, on 2nd April.
Geese in Adana
A gaggle of geese enjoyed the empty coastline in the Turkish city of Adana on 31st March, after authorities urged people to stay home.
Pumas in Santiago
A puma ventured onto the streets of Chile's capital Santiago on 24th March which, according to the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), came down from the nearby mountains in search of food while fewer people were on the streets.
Peacocks in Dubai
A lone peacock was photographed walking along a street, past closed shops, in Dubai on 1st April.
Cows in Delhi
This cow was pictured sitting in the middle of the road on a deserted flyover near Timarpur, Delhi on 4th April, the 11th day of the nationwide lockdown in India.
Ducks in Paris
A couple of ducks took to Paris' Rue de Sevres as people watched with intrigue. The wandering creatures crossed the road in the French capital on 30th March.