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Deer Take Over Deserted East London Neighbourhood During Lockdown

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Deer Take Over Deserted East London Neighbourhood During Lockdown

A herd of deer have been seen taking over a deserted neighbourhood in east London, making the most of the unusually quiet streets as the UK remains in lockdown.


The animals had ventured into a housing estate in Harold Hill, where they were seen chilling on various patches of grass.

The deer are believed to have come from nearby Dagnam Park, which is just across the road from the estate - having been in the area for more than 1,000 years.


While they've been spotted hanging about around homes in the past, locals say the deer have been seen now more than ever, as the streets have been free of people and traffic.

Not only are residents saying they're seeing larger groups of deer, they also noted that they've been moving closer to homes.

Local Dean Zetter, 50, was working in the area when he was surprised to see around 20 deer sitting on the grass.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

The council street works inspector said: "I came across them just lying around.

"Residents, some with their dogs, just left them alone, and the dogs didn't bark or startle them. It was a beautiful start to the day.

"Apparently they are quite common - but there were around fifteen to twenty.


"They just continued lying there chewing the grass.

"I think it's because it's quieter."

Many other countries have been noticing some unexpected effects of self-isolation and quarantining, too.


Over in Venice, Italy, locals are reporting that the water in the city's famous canals has become much clearer, making it easier to see the wildlife.


Real estate agent and life-long Venetian Marco Capovilla, 40, filmed several schools of tiny fish swimming under the water surface in the canals that were previously clouded by debris, saying he's 'never seen' such clear water in the city.


Marco, 40, said: "During these days, traffic in Venice has become almost absent.

"The city doesn't have sewers, so normally everything goes into the canals, including detergents and cosmetics.

"Thanks to the quarantine, we are experiencing a cleaner environment."

Another local resident, bank worker Martina Bettoni, 33, said: "Seeing so many fish in the canals was extremely rare before the quarantine.

"I hope we'll learn from this tragic time, and that when this is over Venice will be able to strike a balance between tourist crowds and cleanliness."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: UK News, deer, News, Animals

Jess Hardiman
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