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Turkish City Invaded By Thousands Of Sheep During Coronavirus Lockdown

by | May 6, 2020

Thousands of sheep have been seen running loose in a Turkish city as the country observes strict lockdown measures.

The sheep were able to break free from farms in the city of Samsun — a coastal town in the north of Turkey.

A video shared on Twitter by Ragip Soylu — a reporter for online news outlet Middle East Eye — shows the animals enjoying their new-found freedom.

Turkey has imposed strict lockdown measures on citizens and businesses to tackle the pandemic. People under the age of 20 and over the age of 65 are barred from being outside. At least 3,461 people have died from the virus in the country, with more than 127,000 confirmed cases.

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The Turkish city of Samsun is under strict lockdown measures (Nejdet Duzen/Shutterstock.com)

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Animals Defy Coronavirus Lockdown

As the coronavirus lockdown continues, reports are emerging from around the world of large numbers of animals gathering in areas usually dominated by humans.

In the Thai city of Lopburi, hundreds of monkeys have been fighting in the streets for food in the absence of tourists.

Herds of deer who usually live in Nara Park in Japan have left their home to seek food on the nearby city streets. The deer normally receive food from visitors to the park.

In the UK, wild goats have been exploring a Welsh coastal town and eating freshly planted trees, and in Barcelona wild boar have been seen wandering the streets.

Have you seen any stories of animals reclaiming city spaces amid the coronavirus outbreak? Let us know in the comments below!


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