Although the pandemic is terrifying and tragic, there are some positive side effects to everybody being indoors ...

We are in the midst of a global pandemic.

Since December 2019, the outbreak of the virus has brought our world to a standstill.

The world is currently in a mass panic...

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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.

But the latest animal return might be the cutest yet.

Because 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!

We're obsessed with these pictures.

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Animals can truly enjoy the world now we're indoors.

So cute!

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