Since humans have disappeared from roads amid the coronavirus crisis, lions at South Africa's Kruger National Park lions have come out on roads to relax, taking advantage of this rare situation.
A ranger at the park shared pictures of the unlikely sight – a pride of lions sprawled out across a road usually crowded with tourist vans.
Kruger visitors that tourists do not normally see. #SALockdown This lion pride are usually resident on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see. This afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp.— Kruger National Park (@SANParksKNP) April 15, 2020
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Park ranger Richard Sowry took the pictures when he was out on patrol on Wednesday. As a ranger in one of Africa's largest game reserves, he performs an essential service and continues to work during the lockdown, checking on the wildlife and guarding against poachers.
Sowry spotted the lions on the road while driving near Orpen Rest Camp. He then took photos with his mobile phone and the lions did not seem bothered, most of them apparently fast asleep.
The famous park, like many other places in the country, has been closed to the public. South Africa is currently under a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. More than 2,500 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country and only essential services are allowed to operate during the lockdown period -- extended till the end of April.