Keeping rescue bears fed is an expensive endeavour — adult bears eat two tonnes of food a day
Some animal shelters have had to appeal for donations to cover costs
Animal sanctuaries across Europe have been hammered by coronavirus lockdown measures, with visitor numbers — and ticket sales — ground to a halt
In a bear sanctuary in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, chestnut-gold Lidia and her dark brown companion Jean enjoy a welcome respite from human presence inside the world’s largest brown bear sanctuary.
The bears may well appreciate the tranquility — but their minders are significantly more concerned by lost income since the sanctuary has been closed for weeks under coronavirus lockdown regulations.
“Tickets and souvenirs represented around a third of our annual revenue,” said Cristina Lapis, the founder and president of the AMP (Millions of Friends) organisation that runs the Libearty sanctuary.
The hardship has become commonplace at sanctuaries and zoos across Europe that have been hammered by coronavirus quarantine measures.
The 69-hectare (171-acre) park in the Transylvanian town of Zarnesti is home to over 100 bears freed from captivity.
The business of keeping them fed is not cheap.
“Bears need two tonnes of food each day,” she told AFP.
“We can manage for a month, hoping that the lockdown will end in early May so we can resume accepting visitors,” Lapis said.
In Tirana, staff at the city zoo are working round the clock to feed the animals, which include four bears, manager Luli Shehaj told AFP.
Shutdowns enforced by countries across Europe last month come at the worst possible time for bears, as the animals were just awakening from their winter slumber.
Related slideshow: Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world (Provided by Photo Services)
A woman is seen in a protective suit as she waits to board a train heading to Shanghai, at Wuhan Railway Station in China on April 21.
A fireman sprays disinfectant at a gas pump in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 20.
People are seen fishing in masks as state parks are reopened in Galveston, Texas, U.S., on April 20.
A “Thank You” message is seen for medical workers on the windows of a building in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 20.
An anti-stay-at-home demonstrator holds a sign in Augusta, Maine, U.S., on April 20.
A nearly empty freeway intersection is seen in Pasadena, California, U.S., on April 20.
Healthcare workers clap and wave as Toronto Police and the city’s frontline responders pay tribute to healthcare workers in Toronto, Canada on April 19.
National Procurement Authority workers spray disinfectants to the hand of a man in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 19.
A Glovo food delivery executive wearing a face mask walks past a deserted Puerta del Sol square during the lockdown in Madrid, Spain, on April 19.
People fly kites with “stay at home” phrases as part of an initiative launched by Jordan Kuwait Bank to support unemployed individuals and raise awareness against the coronavirus disease, in Amman, Jordan, on April 19.
A man dressed up as Batman gives a birthday cake to a child wearing face mask in front of his home, in Monterrey, Mexico on April 18.
U.S. President Donald Trump compares a swab for COVID-19 testing with regular cotton swabs, during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 19.
Emergency medical personnel check a patient who was in isolation at home but started experiencing worsening symptoms, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., on April 17.
Candles are lit in the shape of a giant cross in memory of coronavirus victims, in Zella-Mehlis, Germany, on April 17.
Police check vehicles on July 15 Martyrs Bridge during restrictions imposed as part of the measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 18.
An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) wearing personal protective equipment walks out of the Cobble Hill Health Center nursing home during the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 17.
A health worker rests her back against a wall at the Manuel Belgrano hospital, where medical professionals protest over the lack of protective equipment and demand tests after several of their colleagues got infected with COVID-19, in San Martin, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 17.
Firefighters play their instruments in honor of health workers from a basket atop a ladder at the Santa Casa hospital in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on April 17.
A worker disinfects the floor of a supermarket in Pristina, Kosovo, on April 17, as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus.
A man carries food past members of the FSC 101 Engineering Battalion of the Massachusetts National Guard, as he assists at a pop-up food pantry in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., on April 17.
Delhi Fire Service (DFS) personnel spray disinfectant chemicals along a road during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 outbreak in New Delhi, India, on April 16.
A sign is seen at a shop in the mostly deserted city center, following the implementation of stricter social-distancing and self-isolation rules, in Sydney, Australia, on April 16.
A worker wearing protective gear waves to a woman while using disinfectant to clean outside of the residences in Santiago, Chile, on April 15.
A passenger receives a mask in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 15. Face masks are mandatory inside any subway station April 17 onward.
Supporters of the Michigan Conservative Coalition protest against the state’s extended stay-at-home order, at the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., on April 15.
Volunteers sew face masks, as a guitarist plays for volunteers, at the Hafez theater hall in downtown Tehran, Iran, on April 15.
A mural in tribute to the NHS is pictured as a woman walks by while the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Liverpool, U.K., on April 15.
A funeral worker wears a face mask with an illustration of Jesus outside Los Ceibos hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 15.
A soldier sprays disinfectant near the Capitol in Havana, Cuba, on April 15.
An Indian traffic policeman stands next to an artwork displayed on a road to create awareness about coronavirus during lockdown in Gauhati, India, on April 15.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up with the image of a medical scrub and the word “Thank you” in different languages during an Easter Sunday event amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 12.
An aerial view shows safety signage near the Interstate 5 freeway in the ongoing effort to manage the coronavirus pandemic in Commerce, California, U.S., on April 12.
A policeman wearing a coronavirus helmet takes part with others in a procession to raise awareness about COVID-19 during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on April 12.
A woman runs past posters with a message of hope, in Manchester, England, on April 12.
Medical workers react to applause from firefighters, police and members of the public outside NYU Langone Hospital in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 12.
A medical worker holds an Easter bunny balloon to applause from firefighters and members of the public outside NYU Langone Hospital in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 12.
A woman walks past an NHS graffiti sign at Hilly Fields, London, England, on April 11.
A pastor leads an Easter service that is live-streamed via the internet for parishioners due to social gathering restrictions implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus, at One1Seven evangelical Anglican church in Sydney, Australia, on April 12.
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” fly over Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., to show appreciation and support for the healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel who are working on the frontlines to combat the spread of coronavirus, on April 11.
A woman wears a plastic food container for protection, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 11.
Hand-drawn pictures of rainbows and messages are seen on a window, as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues, in Ripon, England, on April 11.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 11. North Korea says it’ll take more thorough measures to guard against the coronavirus, though it has been maintaining a “very stable anti-epidemic situation.”
Empty food shelves are seen at a supermarket in Moscow, Russia, on April 11.
A police officer checks the identity card of a vehicle’s occupant following the imposition of restrictions by Costa Rica’s government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, in San Jose, on April 10.
A novice monk wearing a protective mask runs at the premises of a monastery, in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 10.
Visitors at Sydney Fish Market have their temperature checked before being allowed access, in Australia, on April 10.
Special Task Force (STF) personnel wearing protective gear spray disinfectant outside the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 10.
A woman wears a self-made protective body covering with built-in mask in Gdynia, Poland, on April 9.
People walk at Times Square in New York, U.S., while some screens are seen illuminated in blue to honor healthcare workers, on April 9.
Soldiers wearing face masks stand in formation in front of a U.S.-made M110A2 self-propelled howitzer during Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit to a military base in Tainan, Taiwan, on April 9.
People wearing face masks peek from windows of the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital in Hubei province, China, on April 9.
A woman prays during a live streamed mass as photos of the faithful are displayed on the benches at the Nuestra Senora de Fatima in San Jose, Costa Rica, on April 8.
A woman puts cloth face masks on a string to dry before distributing it for free in the neighborhood in Tangerang, Indonesia, on April 9.
Medical workers walk by a police robot at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in China, after travel restrictions to leave the city were lifted, on April 8.
A girl puts her completed drawing of an Easter egg on the window of her home in Auckland, New Zealand, on April 8. New Zealanders are being encouraged to draw and display Easter eggs on their windows to create an Easter egg hunt that children can participate in during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Employees of Harborview Medical Center pose for photos while accepting pizzas donated by basketball player and Seattle native Isaiah Thomas in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on April 7.
A resident of a nursing home waves at an elderly woman as the MAV Symphony Orchestra plays classical music recordings on the loudspeakers of a car going around the city to cheer up people under lockdown in Budapest, Hungary, on April 7.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivers a ministerial statement on COVID-19 in the House of Representatives in Canberra, Australia, on April 8.
Travelers line up with their belongings outside the Hankou Railway Station after travel restrictions to leave Wuhan, China, were lifted, on April 8.
A city employee, wearing protective gear, poses for a photograph as he disinfects an area of Paseo de la Reforma avenue in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 6.
Men dressed up as superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America stand with a banner reading “Stay at Home” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 6.
A healthcare worker wearing protective gear is seen during a test for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outside a stadium in Bogor, Indonesia, on April 7.
An artist paints a mural on a wall in Pontefract, England, on April 6.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, departs after the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 6.
A resident picks up a box with food given to them by the army, at the Santa Rosita neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Gautemala, on April 6, during a stay-at-home curfew designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Food is distributed from a truck as part of a government program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on April 6.
Municipal workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in Grozny, Russia, on April 6.
German tourists queue up to enter Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand, on April 6. Air New Zealand is operating a number of special charter flights on behalf of the German government to repatriate German travelers stranded in New Zealand due the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staff members of a hospital carry candles and oil lamps to show solidarity with people who are affected by the coronavirus disease, and with doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers from all over the world during a 21-day nationwide lockdown, in Kolkata, India, on April 5.
A volunteer woman wearing a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of the coronavirus sews face masks in a mosque in Tehran, Iran, on April 5.
Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday mass behind closed doors, during a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, on April 5.
A devotee stands next to palm fronds and religious icons placed on a table outside her home, as part of Palm Sunday celebrations in Quezon City, Philippines, on April 5.
A person wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) suit exits the Elmhurst Hospital center, as the outbreak of coronavirus disease continues, in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 5.
A man wearing a mask looks on in Bnei Brak, Israel, on April 5. The ultra-Orthodox Jewish town was declared a “restricted zone” due to its high rate of infections on April 3.
A motorist rides through a disinfection tunnel during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against COVID-19, in Chennai, India, on April 5.
Residents receive free reusable masks distributed by the government at a community center, as stricter measures are announced to combat the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Singapore, on April 5.
People wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 disease, commute on a train in Hong Kong on April 4.
A woman wearing a protective mask is seen checking her cell phone in Woolwich district of London, England, on April 4, as the spread of the COVID-19 continues.
A view of beds at a shopping mall, one of Iran’s largest, which has been turned into a center to receive patients suffering from the coronavirus disease, in Tehran, Iran, on April 4.
Members of Local Defence Unit (LDU) offload relief food during a distribution exercise to civilians affected by the lockdown, implemented to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, in Kampala, Uganda, on April 4.
A man walks in the middle of empty Westminster Bridge, as the spread of COVID-19 continues, in London, England, on April 3.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the new coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 3.
A resident wearing a protective face mask waits for coronavirus testing at a makeshift rapid testing center in Hanoi, Vietnam, on April 3.
A couple, wearing masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, is seen waiting at Independence square in Quito, Ecuador, on April 3.
City workers fumigate a street to help contain the spread of coronavirus in La Paz, Bolivia, on April 2.
NHS workers applaud on the streets outside Royal Liverpool University Hospital during the Clap for Our Carers Campaign in England, on April 2.
A New England Patriots Boeing 767-300 jet with a shipment of over one million N95 masks from China arrives at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on April 2.
A volunteer sanitizes a bus passenger before he enters his municipality in Panchimalco, El Salvador, on April 2.
Women maintain social distance as they wait to receive relief supplies provided by local police authority in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 2.
People wearing face masks wait for a supermarket to open in Wuhan, China, on April 2.
Hotel room lights spell out “Vegas Strong” at the Wynn hotel-casino along the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, U.S., on April 1.
Women stand in a queue to receive relief supplies provided by the local community in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 1.
An aerial view of a notice dug into the sand reading #StayHome on Tamarama Beach in Sydney, Australia, on April 2.
Residents pay for groceries by standing on chairs to peer over barriers set up to ringfence a wet market in Wuhan on April 1.
A baker presents sweets in the shape of the “coronavirus” (R) and antibodies with a face mask and eyes, in Erfurt, Germany, on March 31.
Police officers walk across an empty Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on March 31, 2020.
A young man cuts another man’s hair on top of a closed hairdresser, in Oxford, England, on March 31.
People follow social distancing as they line up to enter a supermarket, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in La Paz, Bolivia, on March 30.
People wearing face masks practise social distancing as they wait outside a Postal Savings Bank of China branch in Wuhan, China, on March 31.
A man reaches to a basket, that was hung up so people can donate or take for free food, as Italy struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus, in Naples, on March 30.
Buddhist monks wearing face shields and masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus disease collect alms in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 31.
A healthcare worker sits on a bench near Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on March 30.
Nurses work to prepare the intensive care unit in the new COVID-19 hospital in Verduno, Italy, on March 29, on the eve of its official opening.
An emergency triage tent is seen at Harborview Medical Center as efforts continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on March 29.
People applaud from their houses in support of the medical staff that are working on the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, on March 29.
A man walks past on a nearly empty Tokyo street amid snowfall during the first weekend after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urged Tokyo residents to stay indoors in a bid to keep the COVID-19 from spreading, on March 29.
Migrant workers crowd up outside a bus station as they wait to board buses to return to their villages during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of COVID-19, in Ghaziabad, India, on March 28.
Medical and physician assistant students in personal protective equipment listen during a meeting before screening for possible coronavirus cases at a makeshift camp for the homeless in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on March 28.
Indonesia’s Red Cross personnel wearing protective suits spray disinfectant on the road to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 28.
The message “Merci” (French for “thank you”) is displayed in tribute of those on the frontline to fight the coronavirus disease, on the facade of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on March 27.
A man plays his accordion to lift his parents’ spirits after they started practicing social isolation in their house to prevent themselves from catching the coronavirus disease, in Concepción, Chile on March 26.
Members of the Arizona National Guard pack and sort food items at a food bank in Mesa, Arizona, U.S., on March 26.
A person in protective clothing walks through a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for coronavirus patients set up by the Iranian army at the international exhibition center in Tehran, Iran, on March 26.
A staff member sprays disinfectant at a cinema as it prepares to reopen to the public after closing due to coronavirus (COVID-19), in Shenyang, Chin on March 25.
A barber, reflected in a mirror wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), styles a customer’s hair in Havana, Cuba on March 25.
A soldier inspects beds for treatment of possible COVID-19 infected patients inside the Belgrade Fair, Serbia, on March 24.
A man plays guitar and sings to his neighbors from his balcony two days after California’s Governor Gavin Newsom implemented a state wide “stay at home order” in Oakland, California, U.S., on March 21.
For the Arcturos sanctuary in northern Greece, the lockdown was “an economic shock”, said organisation spokesman Panos Stefanou.
The wildlife group currently cares for 24 bears, 12 wolves, 25 sheepdogs and a deer near Mount Vitsi, some 600 kilometres (350 miles) northwest of Athens, and was counting on thousands of monthly visits starting March.
“(Our monetary reserves) can hold out until the end of April,” he said.
Arcturos faces a monthly bill of 43,000 euros ($46,000), including 12,000 euros to feed the animals, he added.
Two of the animals — a male bear and a she-wolf — are injured and in need of additional care.
A call for help on March 26 helped cover expenses for two weeks.
“We will launch another appeal to donors and sponsors,” Stefanou said.
But if the lockdown continues to the end of May, the group will sustain an economic hit of 180,000 euros, he added.
Arcturos runs awareness campaigns, veterinary care and wildlife reintegration. It shelters bears and wolves mainly from the Balkans but has also taken large predators from as far away as Austria and Georgia.
Wild fauna has also capitalised on humanity’s mass retreat indoors.
Related slideshow: Events that have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic (Provided by Photo Services)
Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
Status: Canceled Original date: Sept. 19-Oct. 4, 2020
Comic-Con (San Diego, California, US)
Status: Canceled Original date: July 23-26, 2020 New date: July 22-25, 2021
Taylor Swift – ‘Lover Fest’ tours and all other shows
Status: Postponed Original date: July 25-16, 2020 (Lover Fest West) and July 31-Aug. 1, 2020 (Lover Fest East) New date: 2021
Princess Beatrice of York’s wedding (The Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace, London, England)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: May 29
Tour de France
Status: Postponed Original date: June 27-July 19 New date: Aug. 29-Sept. 20, 2020
UFC 249 (New York, US)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: April 18
(Pictured) Tony Ferguson interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. on March 6, 2020.
BST Hyde Park Concert (London, England)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: July 3-5 and July 10-12
Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal, Canada)
Status: Postponed Original date: June 12-14 New date: TBA
CMT Music Awards 2020 (Nashville, Tennessee, US)
Status: Postponed Original date: June 3 New date: Oct. 14
(Pictured) Kid Rock onstage during the event In Nashville on Oct. 16, 2019.
US Open (Mamaroneck, New York, US)
Status: Postponed Original date: June 18-21 New date: Sept. 17-20
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Panama/Costa Rica 2020
Status: Postponed Original date: August/September New date: TBA
(Pictured) FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference in Alajuela, Costa Rica, on Nov. 19, 2019.
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020
Status: Postponed Original date: November New date: TBA
(Pictured): Oliver Vogt, the project lead of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 addresses a press conference in Guwahati, India, on Nov. 28, 2019.
COP26 climate summit (Scotland)
Status: Postponed Original dates: Nov. 9-19 New dates: October 2021
(Pictured) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough at the launch of the U.K.-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit, in London, England on Feb. 4, 2020.
Justin Bieber’s Changes Tour (US, Canada)
Status: Postponed Original dates: May 14-Sept 26 New dates: TBD
Wimbledon (London, England)
Status: Postponed Original date: June 29-July 12 New date: June 28-July 11, 2021
Ethiopian general elections
Status: Postponed Was scheduled for: Aug. 29 New date: TBA
(Pictured) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks at a press conference in Addis Ababa on Aug. 1, 2019.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: Aug. 7-31
Tony Awards (New York City, New York, US)
Status: Postponed June 7 Original date: New date: TBD
(Pictured) Host James Corden speaks to the audience during the Tony Awards in New York City on June 9, 2019.
VidCon 2020 (Anaheim, California, US)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: June 17-20
Tokyo Olympics (Japan)
Status: Postponed July 24-Aug. 9 Original dates: New dates: July 23-Aug. 8
(Pictured) Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games flame arrival ceremony at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Air Base on March 20, 2020.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) A-League (Australia)
Status: Postponed TBD New dates: (Pictured) Mirko Boland of Adelaide United in action during the FFA Cup quarterfinal match against APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC in Sydney, Australia on Sept. 26, 2018.
Status: Seven races suspended till May 3 New Dates: TBD
Chappell-Hadlee ODI series (Australia)
Status: Canceled after 1st ODI Original date: March 13-20 New Date: TBA
(Pictured) Australia’s Mitchell Marsh bats during game one of the ODI series against New Zealand in Sydney, Australia, on March 13, 2020.
Major League Soccer (US)
Status: Suspended for 30 days New date: TBD
(Pictured) 2018 winners Atlanta United celebrate with the trophy.
World Rugby Sevens Series (London and Paris)
Status: Remaining series postponed Original dates: March 28-29 New dates: September 2020
(Pictured) New Zealand celebrates after winning against Australia during the Canada Sevens, round 6 of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, held in Vancouver, Canada, on March 8, 2020.
World Rugby U20 championship (Italy)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: Late June and July
Cannes Film Festival (France)
Status: Postponed Original dates: May 12-23 New dates: TBA
(Pictured) Priyanka Chopra attends the screening of “Les Plus Belles Annees D’Une Vie” on May 18, 2019.
Dutch Grand Prix (Zandvoort, Netherlands)
Status: Postponed Original date: May 1-3 New date: TBA
Spanish Grand Prix (Montmeló, Catalonia, Spain)
Status: Postponed Original dates: May 8-10 New date: TBA
Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo, Monaco)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: May 21-24
2020 Invictus Games (The Hague, Netherlands)
Status: Postponed Original dates: May 9-16 New date: TBA
Trevor Noah’s Loud and Clear tour (Mumbai and New Delhi, India)
Status: Postponed Original date: April 9 and 11 New date: TBA
“No Time to Die”April 2 Original date: New date: Nov. 12
“A Quiet Place: Part II”March 18 Original date: TBA New date:
“Black Widow”May 1 Original date: TBA New date:
“Mulan”March 27 Original date: TBA New date:
“Antebellum”April 24 Original date: TBA New date:
(Pictured, L-R) Director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Léa Seydoux and Daniel Craig pose as they arrive on the set of the James Bond movie “No Time to Die,” in Matera, Italy, on Sept. 9, 2019.
TV shows postponed
“Friends” reunion Original date: May 2020 New date: TBA
Production has also been halted for the following shows: “Lord of the Rings,” “Carnival Row,” “Wheel of Time,” “Loki.”
Eurovision Song Contest 2020 (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: May 12, 14 and 16
2020 PGA Championship (San Francisco, California, US)
Status: Postponed Original date: May 11-17 New date: TBA
(Pictured) Brooks Koepka of the U.S. poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale, New York, U.S., on May 19, 2019.
British Academy Television Awards (London, England)
Status: Postponed Original date: May 17 New date: TBA
(Pictured, L-R) Fiona Shaw, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie Comer pose during the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award in London, England, on May 12, 2019.
Billboard Music Awards (Paradise, Nevada, US)
Status: Postponed Original date: April 29 New date: TBA
(Pictured) Brendon Urie and Taylor Swift.
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: June 24-28
The French Open
Status: Postponed Original date: May 24-June 7 New date: Sept. 20-Oct. 4
Status: Postponed Original date: June 12-July 12, 2020 New date: June 11-July 11, 2021
Grand National (Liverpool, England)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: April 4
Met Gala (New York City, New York, US)
Status: Postponed indefinitely Original date: May 4 New date: TBD
(Pictured) Lady Gaga at the 2019 Met Gala in New York City on May 6.
Razzie Awards (Los Angeles, California, US)
Status: Canceled (Winners were announced in a press release on March 16) Original date: March 14
Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir, Bahrain)
Status: Postponed Original dates: March 20-22 New dates: TBD
Queen Elizabeth II’s trips (Cheshire and Camden in England)
Status: Postponed Original dates: March 19 and 26 New dates: TBD
Status: Postponed Original date: April 26 New date: Oct. 4
(Pictured) Brigid Kosgei of Kenya crosses the line to win the Women’s Elite race during the Virgin Money London Marathon in London, England, on April 28, 2019.
Masters Tournament (Augusta, Georgia, US)
Status: Postponed Original dates: April 9-12 New dates: Nov. 9-15
Vietnam Grand Prix (Hanoi, Vietnam)
Status: Postponed Original dates: April 3-5 New dates: TBD
New York International Auto Show (New York City, New York, US)
Status: Postponed Original dates: April 10-19 New dates: Aug. 28-Sept. 6
Wales vs Scotland – Six Nations Rugby (Cardiff, Wales)
Status: Postponed Original date: March 14 New date: TBD
(Pictured) Wales’ Gareth Anscombe (L) is tackled by Scotland’s Byron McGuigan during the Six Nations international rugby union match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland, on March 9, 2019.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Indio, California, US)
Status: Postponed Original date: April 10-12 and April 17-19 New date: Oct. 9-11, Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-25 (Stagecoach)
Tomorrowland Winter (Huez, France)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 14-21
South by Southwest (Austin, Texas, US)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 13-22
(Pictured) Actress Olivia Wilde speaks onstage during the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) event.
Ultra Music Festival (Miami, Florida, US)
Status: Postponed Original dates: March 20-22 New dates: March 26-28, 2021
Sun Valley Film Festival (Idaho, US)
Status: Postponed until 2021 Original dates: March 18-22
Tribeca Film Festival (New York City, New York, US)
Status: Postponed Original dates: April 15-26 New dates: TBD
Montclair Film Festival (New Jersey, US)
Status: Postponed Original dates: May 1-10 New dates: TBD
GLAAD Media Awards (New York City, New York, US)
Status: Canceled Original date: March 19
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (Los Angeles, California, US)
Status: Postponed Original date: March 22 New date: TBD
(Pictured) Cast of “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” performs onstage at 2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
Juno Awards (Saskatoon, Canada)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 15
Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne, Australia)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 12-15
Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai, China)
Status: Postponed Original dates: April 17-19 New dates: TBD
(Pictured) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after winning the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix on April 14, 2019.
NBA 2019-20 season
(Pictured) San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (R) celebrates as he scores against the Dallas Mavericks during an NBA basketball game on March 10, 2020.
NHL 2019-20 season
(Pictured) Mikhail Sergachev (L) of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings in action during an NHL game in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on March 8, 2020.
NCAA (Winter and spring championships)
(Pictured) Officials sanitize seats at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., on March 12, 2020.
Status: Canceled for six weeks until April 20 Affected events: Miami Open; the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston; the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, Morocco; the Monte-Carlo Masters; the Barcelona Open; the Hungarian Open in Budapest.
(Pictured) Dominic Thiem of Austria stretches to play a forehand during ATP World Tour Finals in London, England, on Nov. 16, 2019.
Status: Postponed until April 3
Pearl Jam (Canada, US)
Status: Postponed Original dates: March 18-April 19 New dates: TBD
(Pictured) Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs at Wembley Stadium in London on July 6, 2019.
Ciara (Opening of USO Fort Hood in Texas, US)
Status: Postponed Original date: March 19 New date: TBD
Maluma – 11:11 World Tour (Europe)
Status: Postponed New date: TBD
Khalid – Free Spirit World Tour (Asia)
Status: Postponed New dates: TBD
BTS – Map of the Soul Tour (Seoul, South Korea)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: April 11, 12, 18 and 19
Mariah Carey (Honolulu, Hawaii, US)
Status: Postponed Old date: March 10 New date: Nov. 28
Kiss – End of the Road Tour (Tulsa, Oklahoma; Biloxi, Mississippi; Lafayette, Louisiana, US)
Status: Postponed Original date: March New dates: Oct. 4, 6 and 7, respectively
Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water Tour (China, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan)
Status: Postponed Original dates: April 23 to May 24 New dates: TBD
London Book Fair (London, England)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 10-12
Ali Wong – The Milk & Money Tour (San Antonio, Texas, US)
Status: Postponed Original date: March 14 New date: Aug. 15
Mobile World Congress (Barcelona, Spain)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: Feb. 24-27
The Metropolitan Opera (New York City, New York, US)
Status: Canceled performances and rehearsals planned through March 31
Zac Brown Band – the Owl Tour (spring leg)
Status: Postponed Original dates: March 13-April 25 New dates: TBD
St. Patrick’s Day Parades (All major cities)
Status : Canceled in several cities such as London, New York, Dublin, Boston, Denver, Chicago and Pittsburgh among others
CinemaCon (Las Vegas, Nevada, US)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 30-April 2
Electronic Entertainment Expo (Los Angeles, California, US)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: June 9-11
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Cleveland, Ohio, US)
Status: Postponed Original date: May 2 New date: TBD
In Tel Aviv last week, dozens of jackals took over a deserted park in Tel Aviv, scavenging for food in what is usually a playground for joggers and families.
In the northern lake city of Kastoria earlier this month, a bear and her three cubs took advantage of the coronavirus lockdown in by strolling along the normally busy shore.
In Spain, the unfamiliar lull in traffic has led to spottings of roe deer, boar, monk vultures and Eurasian eagle-owls.
“We have observed changes in some species due to confinement. We have observed it especially in forest species,” said Miguel Higueras, head of the Madrid regional forestry agency.
“For example, roe deer are rarely seen outside forests. Now we see them near urban centres and highways,” he said.
‘We took this land’
The Wild Animals foundation in Sofia, which cares for smaller wild animals found wounded, points out that urban areas “are territories which we should not forget we took from nature”.
The Bulgarian group has warned the public not to feed wild animals, merely to evaluate whether they are injured and may require assistance.
“A wild animal’s life is a difficult one, there is no need to make it more complicated,” they noted.
“Wild animals have to stay away from people, it is for their own good.”
If everything appears to be normal, admire the animal from a distance and then walk away,” the group said.