Flamingos flock to Mumbai as India shuts down

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Record numbers of flamingos have flocked to Mumbai amid the coronavirus outbreak, as the city’s population is locked down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

It is estimated that more than 150,000 birds have flocked to the city, an increase by about 25 percent from what’s normal, according to the Bombay Natural History Society, reports CBS News.

Deepak Apte, the director of the Bombay Natural History Society, said, “The lockdown is giving these birds peace for roosting, no disturbance in their attempt to obtain food and overall encouraging habitat,” in an interview with the Hindustan Times.

India declared a coronavirus lockdown in March, restricting mobility for the country’s 1.3 billion people.

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