Zoo animals freak out during solar eclipse

Lawrence Kim
August 22, 2017

The path of totality does not reach the Kansas City Zoo.

There were four observation stations spread throughout the zoo, allowing visitors to observe whether animal behavior changed during the solar eclipse. However, while some animals mildly changed their behavior, scientists were surprised at the effect on giraffes at Nashville Zoo during the event.

Foust said he momentarily forgot the long-necked beauties also like to play at twilight, and that's exactly what happened.

But no one was expecting the giraffes at the Nashville Zoo to begin running wildly around their habitat when the sun started shining against at 1:29 p.m. once the moon began to pass. "There was the crowd, people "oohing" and "ahhing" and cheering and clapping, and they caught up in it - we all got caught up in it".

"It actually gave me chill bumps, and I did not see that that coming", Foust added.

Science News reports animals behave in a variety of different ways during an eclipse. The animals will experience a partial eclipse, although it will be about 99 percent full.

Raccoons and owls starting their days at noon? Numerous birds in the zoo reportedly started vocalizing during the event. As they are nocturnal animals, the pair left the water and started playing in the sand area until the eclipse event was over then headed back into the water again, snoozing off as normal.

But their keeper said she wasn't sure if they were spooked by the eclipse - or by the shrieking crowds who'd come to see how they'd react.

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