We as humans are usually very social creatures – we rely on each other for support, entertainment, relationships, and so much more. During the current health crisis, people across the globe are spending more time alone than ever.
For many species in the animal kingdom, however, self-isolation is not a new concept. It’s in their instinct. From iconic land mammals to ocean species, many choose to live their life in solitude and spend much of their time social distancing from other wildlife outside of essential activity: to eat and to breed.
Here are some social distancing experts in the animal kingdom.
The rhino, and especially male Black rhinos, are known to be the most solitary animal found in East Africa. These prehistoric looking giants spend most of the time grazing across the grasslands of their territories without any company, and are rather content doing so. Female rhinos and their young are known to form small groups at a time. So it is mostly the males who enjoy isolation.
Aside from when they are mating or raising their young, it’s the single life for leopards. Unlike some big cats like lions, these elusive animals have no problem catching prey alone.
The Honey Badger
The honey badger is famously known to be a ferocious fighter, and it turns out they enjoy the single life too! Honey badgers are mainly nocturnal and generally prefer to roam and hunt alone rather than with others and enjoy keeping their burrows to themselves.
The pangolin is perhaps one of the planet’s most unique animals. These solitary, primarily nocturnal animals are easily recognized by their full armor of scales. A startled pangolin will cover its head with its front legs, exposing its scales to any potential predator. If touched or grabbed it will roll up completely into a ball, while the sharp scales on the tail can be used to lash out.
The Sea Turtle
Having one of the longest migrations on Earth, it’s understandable that sea turtles might not have time to settle down. During turtle mating and nesting seasons, these animals get together in large groups for safety reasons, but most of the time they are happy to be on their own.
As you might tell from looking at them, lionfish are not fans of visitors. For the majority of their adult lives, lionfish are solitary and will fiercely defend their home range against other individuals of both the same or different species, using their poisonous dorsal spines.
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