Now that millions of us all over the world are quarantined indoors, wildlife has finally been given the chance to thrive and they are doing it spectacularly.
Keep scrolling to check out the remarkable flocks of flamingos that have appeared in Mumbai...
It's no secret that centuries of human activity has been gradually destroying our planet.
via: GettyOverpopulation, pollution, fossil fuels, and deforestation are just a few of the negative impact we humans have had upon our earth.
Vast areas of the Earth, which were once rich with natural life...
via: GettyAre now looming concrete jungles suffocated by smog and various other toxic, man-made emissions.
But, out of all of these devastating effects, it is our animals who have been impacted the most.
via: GettyOver the years, animal populations have been dwindling, and many species have become fully extinct or endangered as a result of hunting, poaching, and the destruction of natural habitats.
Our oceans haven't been faring much better, either.
via: GettyYears of excessive plastic use have come back to haunt us, with a high percentage our oceans simply teeming with discarded plastic.
But, in 2020, there may finally be some hope for our struggling planet.
via: GettyFor the last few months, a vast majority of the world has been on lockdown as a result of the ongoing medical pandemic.
Humans have been required to stay indoors indefinitely...
via: GettyAnd staying indoors isn't only saving lives... It is potentially saving our environment and our animals, too.
The empty streets have had a staggering impact on our planet.
Now we are confined to our homes, our streets are sparse, resulting in a sudden drop in toxic emissions such as Co2 and carbon monoxide.
Pollution levels are at an all time low.
Compared to 2019, air pollution in New York has been reduced by nearly 50% because of measures to contain the… https://t.co/eRN7cmE8YU— Andrew Hill (@Andrew Hill)1585701187.0
And, of course, our animals are benefiting massively from this sudden change in human activity.
via: GettyMother Nature is thriving - plants are flourishing, trees are blossoming, and various animals are making appearances in the most unlikely of places.
It is one of the few benefits of this pandemic...For example, dolphins have returned to the canals of Venice, which were once swarming and overcrowded with tourists. It just goes to show the devastating impact we have had upon the wildlife we share our planet with, and the extreme lengths it has taken for our earth to finally start healing.
For the first time in decades, nature has been able to take it's course uninterrupted...
via: GettyAnd this has hugely benefited our turtles, in particular.
Turtles have long suffered at the hands of humans.
via: GettyThese beautiful creatures have been impacted massively by plastic and waste pollution in the oceans, with many of them being caught up in large pieces of the debris and, in some devastating cases, being suffocated.
And things have been just as bad on the shore.
via: GettyOvercrowded beaches have meant that the turtles nesting routine has been disrupted massively.
For millions of years, turtles have been laying their eggs on various "nesting beaches"...
via: GettyWhere they leave them to hatch alone. And, once hatched, the hatchlings independently make their way back into the ocean.
But, as a result of these nesting beaches becoming overridden with tourists...
via: GettyTurtles have been unable to nest as easily as they were once before, and hatchlings have been struggling to make it safely back into the ocean without being captured or killed by humans first.
But now, these beaches are the quietest they've been in decades.
via: GettyNesting beaches all over the world remain void of people and pollution, meaning our sea turtles are finally able to nest peacefully - And they're completely thriving as a result.
Thousands of turtles are currently migrating to nesting beaches in Florida and other areas in the Southeastern United States.
via: GettySarah Hirsch, senior manager of research and data at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, told WPEC that "it's going to be a very good year for our leatherbacks."
The nesting process is going to be more successful than ever before.
via: Getty"We're excited to see our turtles thrive in this environment," Hirsch explained."Our world has changed, but these turtles have been doing this for millions of years and it's just reassuring and gives us hope that the world is still going on."
It is all a direct result of our absence.
via: GettyDavid Godfrey, executive director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, told CBS News in an email that, since there are far fewer people boating and operating cruise and container ships now, "the chances that turtles are going to be inadvertently struck and killed will be lower."
This news is remarkable...
via: GettyAnd turtles aren't the only creatures thriving in our absence.
Recent scenes in Mumbai, India, have taken our breath away.
Wild flamingos have been flocking in Mumbai's waters and, in particular, areas that would normally be overridden by tourists.
Flamingos have been local to Mumbai for decades now.
via: GettyAs reported by Science Times, although flamingos have been spotted in Mumbai since the 1980s migrating there between October and March for feeding and breeding, the population is reported to have increased, with huge numbers of the birds photographed chilling on the mudflats of Thane Creek.
Locals have reported huge increases in the animals, sharing photos online of the pink and white creatures lighting up the lakes...
What are the Flamingos of Mumbai up to? https://t.co/WwceBYelot https://t.co/082IyMa1as— mallagher (@mallagher)1588234064.0
Lakes have been transformed...
Flamingos Have Taken Over Mumbai As Humans Sit in Quarantine — and the Photos Are Amazing (Video)… https://t.co/RlcnPOlxfP— Travel + Leisure (@Travel + Leisure)1588224627.0
Locals have enjoyed these beautiful scenes.
via: GettyA resident of the city, Sunil Agarwal, told the Hindustan Times, "Residents are cooped up at home spending their mornings and evenings at their balconies taking photographs and videos of these relaxed birds."
Many hope that seeing these beautiful animals will allow people to focus on Mother Nature and take better care of our planet.
Flamingos back in Mumbai creek. #flamingos #mumbaicreek #flamingoflock https://t.co/VmpQQJIj9b— Sanjivrao Katakam (@Sanjivrao Katakam)1587653967.0
There's nothing quite like receiving good news like this...
via: GettySo make sure to keep scrolling to read about the impact on turtles here in the United States...