The Indian city of Mumbai has seen the extraordinary sight of well over 100,000 flamingos landing on its waterways as they migrate.
While the migration happens every year – and last year 134,000 were counted – a member of the Bombay Natural History Society was quoted saying their numbers have gone up by at least 25 percent because of the Coronavirus lockdown, and that the flamingos this year have been going to wetlands where they previously didn’t.
CNN reported that not only have flamingos benefited from the lack of humans in public areas in India, but monkeys have descended on Delhi and dolphins have been seen in the Ganges for the first time in years.
Flamingos have taken over Mumbai.
Bombay Natural History Society’s (BNHS) report that some 150,000 flamingos have made the epic journey to Mumbai to feed while humans are on lockdown. #lakeispink #flamingos #natureishealing pic.twitter.com/IhpeGfJT2R
— Krishna Singh (@mrkrishnasinghh) May 3, 2020
#WATCH Maharashtra: A large number of migratory Flamingo birds seen at the creek in Navi Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/2FT0D0WXcW
— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2020
150k flamingos descend into urban Mumbai, India during the pandemic lockdown.
— Adam B. Hill, M.D. (@Adamhill1212) May 1, 2020
Pink flamingos in Bombay! Finally sharing gods earth as it is suppose to be shared! https://t.co/Kd5nDA4q54 pic.twitter.com/iZFaL7xsib
— Dr. Purvi Parwani (@purviparwani) May 2, 2020
Over 100,000 flamingos reportedly descend on Mumbai amid India's strict coronavirus lockdownhttps://t.co/o6Nk19XAE4 pic.twitter.com/73VBJ5bXuK
— TIME (@TIME) May 2, 2020