One of my strongest passions is animal welfare and although I’ve always loved animals, when I went travelling this became even stronger, being exposed to the good and bad treatment of animals around the world.
I became a pescatarian after spending so much time in India. I love how they believe the cow is holy and it as it gives so much to them, in return they do not eat it! I completely agree with this way of thinking, and especially looking after the babies, I didn’t want to eat them anymore!
It is very easy to be naïve on animal welfare, particularly as a young backpacker, although I do not think there is any excuse for any animal cruelty, intentional or not. I am so pleased that this is changing daily and it is at the forefront of so many people’s minds now, there are some fantastic charities doing incredible work to make sure this is a constantly improving. One of the things I hate the most is tourists riding elephants but that’s for another blog.
Anyway, without going off on a rant I want this blog to be a positive outlook over the last few challenging months, and one of the things that I have loved hearing about is the animals roaming free whilst the humans are in lockdown, cleaner air and bluer skies!
I’ve listed some of the favourite stories I’ve heard below:
- Seals at Southend seafront – I reckon they wanted to go on the turtle swing in Adventure Island whilst no humans were walking around!
- The mountain goats in Wales causing havoc on the streets of Llandudno – brilliant! Who doesn’t love encountering a dopey goat on their way to buy their daily essentials!
- Wild boar have been spotted in the centre of Barcelona, Spain – I didn’t even know wild boar lived in Spain?! (Europe really isn’t my forte!)
- A herd of at least 11 elephants, along with their calves, strolling on empty roads in Karnataka, India – I have been really lucky and spotted wild elephants here before, but only ever 1 or 2, a herd of 11 plus babies! This is amazing!
- Also, in India, there’s been a huge spike in the number of baby sea turtles as the beaches lie empty of humans. It’s been said that around 60 million eggs have been deposited on Indian beaches this year – This makes me so happy! So many beaches in India are normally filled with people and rubbish, to hear this is news is SO refreshing!
- Apparently, the people of Hong Kong and Mumbai are now looking at blue skies rather than grey smog, I can just imagine how beautiful this must be for those incredible cities.
- I was lucky enough to visit Venice in February, just before the outbreak of COVID-19 and of course had to go on a famous Gondola ride! I’ve heard that the canals can get really smelly, but as we were there in winter that was not a problem at all. I have now read the the canals are clear and fish can be see swimming through the streets on Venice, how beautiful! Although I do wonder how long this will last?
- Finally and more personally, I am waking up to the sounds of birds in the morning, and falling asleep to owl hoots! This has definitely been enhanced since lockdown. There are also cheeky foxes making more appearances and in the day where I live, and squirrels are certainly getting more confident. I couldn’t believe my eyes when one jumped down onto my terrace and handpicked a strawberry from my plant where I have been growing them for weeks! Although frustrating, it was kind of cute! Bees have always been a favourite of mine, and they also seem to be out in plenty, and we know they are crucial to the circle of life!
Of course, as with anything I am sure there is a negative spin on this, but I thought it would be nice to take 5 minutes and look at the positives that have come out of this situation affecting all of our lives. Space usually occupied by humans and their activities has become vacant and available for animals who have integrated it into the environment, I find it beautiful!
Have you noticed any of the wildlife or nature around you changing? I would love to hear your stories!
That’s all for now. Sprinkles of Happiness!