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With no tourists in sight, Kruger’s lions take a nap in the middle of the road

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK — Why did the lion cross the road? It didn’t – it laid down in the middle of it just because it could.

With nary a tourist or safari vehicle in sight due to ongoing travel restrictions in response to COVID-19, a pride of lions in Kruger National Park, South Africa was spotted taking a snooze on a road far from where it usually resides.

According to park officials, the lions usually reside on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area in Kruger that tourists usually do not see. However, with park activity down to a minimum, the animals took it upon themselves to venture just outside of Orpen Rest Camp, an area often frequented by tourists.

And, like any of us after a long walk, they got tired and parked their sleepy behinds right on the road for a much-deserved nap.

Kruger National Park is considered one of Africa’s largest game reserves and is home to a high density of wild animals, including the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos.

The road-side nap comes on the heels of other wild animal sightings during lockdown measures around the world. Earlier this month, whales were spotted swimming freely off Vancouver’s coast while mountain goats were seen roaming around a small seaside town in northwest Wales.

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