I wonder how much ‘wilder’ our town has got since people were advised to stay at home eighteen days ago. The last time I drove anywhere other than to the supermarket I saw these cows outside the funeral home:

There were only tiny spikes of grass showing through the gravel.  The cows at the corner of Lawrance Street were better off as far as both shade and grass were concerned:

Then there were three donkeys that came to visit what looks like an abandoned house – although I have seen an outside light shining there in the late afternoon:

Perhaps they were paying a courtesy call:

I imagine these cows were teaching a calf to stop at stop streets:

Meanwhile, these ones were walking purposefully towards a meeting place beyond my ken:


  1. Anne, I am fascinated by the Urban Herd. We used to have cattle grazing on the common land opposite my flat in East London for many years, and they would often wander onto our tiny unfenced garden and eat all the daffodils. Are your cows owned by somebody local? I know that for some communities cattle has always equalled wealth and status…

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    • Rumour has it that these well-fed animals belong to certain municipal officials, which is why nothing is done about their presence within the suburbs. They roam wherever they like and are only occasionally herded off to who knows where, only to return a few days later. We have become used to them over the past decade or so.

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  2. It’s uncanny how animals ‘take the gap’ and happily wander in urban spaces. Our baboon troop is back visiting our end of town again …. the grass is always greener! But have you seen the extraordinary scenes coming in around the world of wild animals venturing into deserted cities? And the hordes of hungry macaques marauding in the towns in Thailand where they are accustomed to people feeing them? Pumas, wild pigs, foxes, deer all venturing in for opportunistic food sources.

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    • I have. We saw a Brown Mongoose venture into our garden over the past few days – it is months since we last saw it. Perhaps the lack of passing traffic makes it safer for it to cross the road from wherever it lives to see what it can find in our garden.

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    • I understand that the rats of the world definitely miss the trash that the restaurants used to put out, and other provisions of city life. And they are behaving strangely. My daughter posted a video of Mumbai with empty streets, mostly from the air via drone, but at the end is a shot of a man walking alone down a street, and a rat ambling across at the same time. It was creepy.

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