Bear Population at Yosemite Quadruples as Wildlife Reclaims the National Park | 22 Words

Although the pandemic is terrifying and tragic, there are some positive side effects to everybody being indoors... Pollution levels have dropped, rivers are cleaner than ever and the best one of all, animals are returning to their natural habitats while humans are locked away.

Read on to see some heartwarming images of animals having the time of their lives while we're in quarantine, including bears at Yosemite National Park who were captured on video. It truly is amazing...

Even though things are looking uncertain right now, let's try and focus on the positives.

As a human race, we seem to have come together in order to combat the virus. And because of self-isolation, we are slowly restoring the world back to rights. But it's not been an easy ride...

We're all still panicking...

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After it was confirmed that the virus had originated from the sale and consumption of wild animals, thoughts turned towards our own furry friends.

Some virus strains are common in certain types of animals...

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But this hasn't stopped the hysteria over our beloved pets catching the virus.

A few months ago, rumors began to spread that cats and dogs could catch the virus...

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And with us humans being as over-protective as we are, people went to extreme lengths to protect their beloved pets.

Some people made makeshift facemasks for their pets...

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And this poor little cat went viral on Twitter after it's anonymous owner did this to the confused feline. Unacceptable, we must say.

But things began to get worse...

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Last month, reports came in that out of panic of catching the virus, owners in China threw their pets from rooftops.

This came from the false information being spread that cats and dogs could pass on the virus.

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5 cats were thrown to their deaths in Shanghai, and 1 dog was found dead in Tianjin City in the Hebei Province.

Even though all animals carry the risk of spreading infections and viruses...

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It has been confirmed that there has been no evidence at all to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of infection.

It is important to stay healthy, of course...

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So it has been further recommended to wash hands at all times when around pets and other animals, and to take pets for regular check-ups at the vets.

But there has been an unexpected upside to the pandemic.

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As humans stay indoors and stop consuming and polluting, nature has started to heal. Just look at these fish in a Venice canal!

Swans came back too!

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It was truly amazing to see.

And that's not all.

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Tons of turtles managed to hatch on this beach, undisturbed by human activity.

Even more amusingly?

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In a town in Wales, UK, a bunch of mountain goats came to visit.

Crazy stuff.

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It seems animals are really benefiting from this lockdown.

There was yet another adorable animal return.

And it involves some seriously adorable squirrels.

As humans in Santa Monica stay indoors ...

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The squirrels have made a triumphant return!

The parks have been deserted.

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Except for these cuties, that is!

When the humans are away ...

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The squirrels can play!

Even these lambs were spotted on one lockdown sighting.

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A whole bunch of lambs decided to take over a children's playground.

And that's not all.

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How about this coyote spotted chilling in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco?

Or this slightly scary sight.

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Mountain lions are prowling people's front gardens in Boulder, Colorado.

Too cute for words.

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A sleepy fox in Texas.

Oh deer!

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Not a common sight in the suburbs in London, England!

Yosemite National Park is the lastest location to see a dramatic rise in their numbers.

Since the park closed all the way back in March, the wildlife has returned to the scene. From bears to coyotes, to birds, it seems as if they all want to reclaim their habitat.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the bear population there has quadrupled.

They wrote this: "Wildlife is coming out of hiding now, they said, as it did during previous government shutdowns of the park — in 1990, 1995, 2013 and 2019. The difference is that this park closure is expected to be the longest on record." So let's hope that this continues and animals can have their own space while we're all tucked away at home. Keep scrolling to read more about how you can spend your time in self-isolation...