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Author Topic: How Will the Total Solar Eclipse Next Month Affect Animals?  (Read 720 times)
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« on: July 29, 2017, 12:25:21 PM »

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the moon will almost totally eclipse the sun for a few minutes on August 21.

It’s the first time in 99 years that a solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States.

Since this is such a rare occurrence, scientists are getting ready to gather as much data as they can about how a total solar eclipse can affect the behavior of animals.

As for domestic animals, we can keep an eye on our pets to observe their behavior.
Dr. Don Moore, director of the Oregon Zoo said they may think it’s nighttime, and behave accordingly.

We know better than to take a peek at the sun during the eclipse, but should we be concerned about the possibility of our pets harming their eyes?

Veterinarians “pretty much agree that there would be no reason for animals to mimic human curiosity and look directly at the sun,”

 Lloyd Nelson, an animal control officer for Jackson County, Ill., told the Southern Illinoisan. “From the animal’s standpoint, it’s more along the lines that night happened all of a sudden. It is a bit anthropomorphic to expect them to behave like us

However, there is anecdotal evidence that eclipses do affect nocturnal animals.

 For example, during a solar eclipse, night birds will start singing, owls will hoot and bats will fly.

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