05:26 GMT25 January 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): With the 21-day lockdown in force, cities and towns in India have become almost deserted, except for emergency movements. Usually busy highways across the country have become almost deathly quiet.

    With humans out of sight, animals have taken over the deserted streets and highways of India. The creatures frolicking in big cities without fear have delighted people who have been anxiously seeking some respite in these gloomy days.

    Animals, from the endangered civet and deer to Indian bison and the Asian blue bull, have been making appearances in places generally busy with traffic and humans.

    On Friday, a blue bull was found roaming on the streets of Noida, adjoining the capital, Delhi.

    Some have moved into the big towns and cities in search of food, while others seem to have taken the opportunity to enjoy unhindered freedom with humans locked down at home.

    The mighty Indian bison was also seen roaming the streets of Karnataka state, making the most of his newfound freedom.

    Delhi's sky - where pollution levels touched the "emergency" mark in January - is now glittering with stars at night.

    One video showed dozens of deer taking a stroll on the streets in the dark, with residents being clearly excited to see the animals in a place one would never expect.

    Soon after a strict lockdown was declared in India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a critically endangered civet was spotted on a zebra crossing in Kerala's Kozhikode.

    Similar videos and pictures showed buffalos and dogs taking over roads, once packed with traffic and people.


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