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Nature takes back the suburbs

We’ve seen videos of animals around the world drifting tentatively back into suburbs and neighbourhoods as most of the world’s population have been confined to their homes.

The result of the worldwide quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak has even seen pollution levels in some cities dropping wonderfully.

Shopping centres have been largely deserted as families make fewer shopping trips every week to stock up on groceries.

At the Tokai on Main shopping centre in Tokai, Cape Town, when I walked out of the Pick n Pay I heard a roar of tweeting from a wall of trees about 150 metres away from the centre.

It sounded like a powerful celebration from possibly 200 birds as they filled the branches of the trees, before flocking off in a circle and then returning to the trees. It was breathtaking to witness and a wonderful sign of nature’s power.