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Coronavirus: Lions nap on road amid South Africa coronavirus lockdown

A park ranger at South Africa's Kruger National Park was out on patrol when he snapped a pride of lions sleeping on a road which would normally be busy with tourists.

Coronavirus: Lions nap on road amid South Africa coronavirus lockdown

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.

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.

A pride of lions napping on a road near Orpen Rest Camp in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

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.

South Africa's Kruger National Park, like many other places in the country, has been closed to the public amid the coronavirus crisis.
Lions fast asleep on a road near Orpen Rest Camp in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

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.

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