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10 Unexpected And Quirky News Stories Triggered By The Coronavirus

10 Unexpected And Quirky News Stories Triggered By The Coronavirus
By Kristy Or
May 11, 2020
Cleaner waters, a Netflix phenomenon, animals thriving and much more. Here are some light-hearted, fun and quirky news stories that have emerged around the world as a result of Covid-19

1/10 Italian Canals Featuring Jellyfish

 
Video: Courtesy of ABC News

Seen gliding through the canals of Venice, jellyfish have been captured making their way through the clear waters gracefully. Lockdown rules and a lack of tourists have not only been kind to the natural environment but the animals living in them too.

See also: 7 Once In A Lifetime Travel Experiences You Can Enjoy From Home

2/10 Tiger King Netflix Phenomenon

 
Video: Courtesy of Netflix

One of the most streamed shows on Netflix during the Covid-19 outbreak, Tiger King: Murder Mayhem and Madness has become a TV phenomenon. According to The Hollywood Reporter the unique docu-series has racked up some serious streaming time surpassing over 5 billion minutes.

See also: Tiger King To Crash Landing On You: The Most Watched Shows On Netflix During Quarantine

3/10 Flamingos Taking Over Mumbai

Flamingos Over Siwri Creek, Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India . (Photo by Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Flamingos Over Siwri Creek, Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images)

Descending into Mumbai in record numbers, over 100,000 flamingos are enjoying the perks of a human-free environment as reported by TIME. The birds were found relaxing around the mudflats of Thane Creek like a scene right out from the Lion King.

4/10 Mass Midnight Karaoke

Photo: Courtesy of Unsplash
Photo: Courtesy of Unsplash

Self-quarantining in your apartment can be tough. Around the world, karaoke sessions are erupting from apartment buildings to help uplift the general public mood and spirit. From Spain, Italy to Hong Kong, there’s nothing like singing along to a good tune.

5/10 Thailand Turtle Growth

Activists release the baby leatherback sea turtles into the wild at Samas Beach, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on June 19, 2016. Dozens of leatherback sea turtles are released to return to his native habitat. (Photo by Nugroho Hadi Santoso/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Baby leatherback sea turtles into the wild (Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images)

While the humans are away, the animal will come out to play and repopulate. As reported by The Guardian, the rare leatherback sea turtles in Thailand have been thriving from the lack of tourists and empty beaches. 

6/10 Goats Takeover Empty Welsh Streets

 
Video: Courtesy of The Telegraph

In the Welsh seaside town of Llandudno, a curious herd of Kashmiri goats are roaming around the empty streets. Caught nibbling on flowers and running around town, the question remains: who let the goats out?

7/10 Italian Tennis Rooftop-style

 
Video: Courtesy of AFP

In the city of Liguria, a video of two women playing tennis on the rooftop has gone viral. Taking tennis to a whole new level, with much higher stakes when hitting the ball out of bounds, losing a ball is a loss for both parties.

8/10 Pay A Llama To Join Your Zoom Calls

Llama on Sweet Farm (Photo: Courtesy of Sweet Farm/ Facebook)
Llama on Sweet Farm (Photo: Courtesy of Sweet Farm/ Facebook)

Whoever said that corporate zoom calls had to be prim and proper has clearly never heard of Sweet Farm’s new project Goat 2 Meeting. For under USD$100, you can request an appearance from llamas, goats and more to hang out with.  

See also: How To Keep In Touch In A Time Of Social Distancing

9/10 Newborn Babies Given Tiny Face Shields

BANGKOK, THAILAND - APRIL 13:  A nurse seen holding a new born baby smiling under a tiny face shield against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Praram 9 Hospital on April 13, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's Health Ministry recorded a total of 2,579 infections, 40 death and 1,288 recovered since the beginning of the outbreak. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A nurse seen holding a new born baby smiling under a tiny face shield against the coronavirus (Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images)

According to TIME, in Thailand, newborn babies have been given miniature facemasks to protect against the coronavirus. These small little face shield have been designed to prevent any sneeze or cough droplets on the babies’ faces. Safety first.

10/10 Eels Getting Shy

Garden Eels (Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images)
Garden Eels (Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images)

This aquarium in Japan is encouraging more people to FaceTime their now shy garden eels. With the coronavirus creating new quarantine rules and regulations, the Business Insider reports that the slippery creatures have become accustomed to not seeing people and have started to burrow themselves in the sand when Tokyo’s Sumida Aquarium staff members pass their tank.

See also: You Can Now Visit The Elusive Great Barrier Reef Without Leaving Home

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