Quarantine in Milan: with men locked at home, rabbits take back city parks
The streets of some cities are empty now, and as soon as man has stepped aside, nature does not seem to have waited long before recovering its spaces. Dolphins in the port of Cagliari, fish in clear waters of Venice, ducks in some historical fountains of Rome: spring and natural cycles go on, and living beings seem to regain that freedom that they had lost because of us.
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This phenomenon can also be seen in some city parks of Milan, where, with the total absence of people, rabbits have redone their appearance and above all are now masters of the territory.
According to Sabrina Baronio, an inhabitant of Milanese metropolis, the silence reigns supreme here and is being broken now only by the sirens of the ambulances. One of the few signs of life in the city, or rather in the parks, are wild rabbits.
These shy animals have always been present in city parks, but mostly led hidden life or appeared during less crowded hours. Now the situation has drastically changed.
Rabbits also feel spring, the breeding season in which they are full of energy, so they poured out to graze in the gardens and flower beds.
We like to imagine that, between a jump and a feast of grass, they are wondering where all those strange and noisy two-legged beings with which before they were forced to compete for the territory, have disappeared…