News

Actions

Expert: Upcoming solar eclipse may affect wild animals too

Expert: Upcoming solar eclipse may affect wild animals too
Expert: Upcoming solar eclipse may affect wild animals too
Posted at 4:52 PM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 14:26:00-04

ALBANY, Ga. (WTXL) - As the day goes dark during Monday's solar eclipse, it could cause animals to show some wacky behaviors.

WTXL spoke with Ben Roberts, the director of animal care at Chehaw Park in Albany.

He says most animals won't be largely impacted by Monday's eclipse, but it could cause some animals to become disoriented.

Animals like bats who are active at night might come out for that brief period of totality.

"It doesn't make anything go crazy," Roberts explained. "It doesn't, it's not like it's a full moon. It's not going to throw anything off drastically. It's just going to be confusing."

He says there is little known science about the behaviors of animals during eclipses, because its such a quick event.