Everyone have their special glasses for today’s solar eclipse? If not, there are easy viewing “do it yourself” devices to keep your retinas safe, so make sure to check it off before this afternoon. Now as to ensure the safety of your dogs, cats, bunnies and other loved companion pets, are there special precautions we need to do?
The National Pet Owners Survey estimates 68 percent of households in the United States own a pet. As the moon moves across the sun later this afternoon, a partial eclipse will be visible in the lower 48 states; a total eclipse will cover a 70-mile wide radius visible from Oregon to South Carolina. So how will Austen or Gotham – two loyal family pooches living in Florida and San Francisco react to the phenomena? Pet behaviorists say our pets will detect the subtle temperature changes as well as the light differences, but it’s dubious if they will stare into the sun since their natural reflexes direct them to look away. And as happens most times – it will be our reactions to the eclipse which will startle them.
According to Forbes, some dogs might be frightened, but not many. Pets are more apt to be scared of thunderstorms, and since the eclipse is not accompanied by any noise, as long as their owners stay calm and not ditch down screaming “it’s the end of the earth,” dogs and cats should be fine.
Cows and horses are also expected to be fine and will continue to do what they did before the eclipse. In 2001, red-fronted lemurs froze in place for nearly three hours. These animals generally forage for nuts and berries at night. Orb weaver spiders generally build their webs at night and take them down at dawn. They were observed weaving their webs during a previous eclipse. Bats, who do most of their flying during the night, have been observed as being much more active during eclipses. Chimps however had been observed in 1984 actually watching the event, but returned to their normal activities when the eclipse passed.
For the most part, it’s humans who have the most striking reactions to the eclipse. Tell us how and what you did?
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