Solar Eclipse 2017: Here’s How It Might Affect Animals And Pregnant Women

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Aug. 18 2017, Updated 5:44 p.m. ET

On August 21, the solar eclipse 2017 will be visible throughout mainland America. This rare phenomenon has already gotten everyone excited and hurriedly buying solar eclipse glasses. While it may be an interesting spectacle for humans, scientists suggest that a total solar eclipse may leave a lot of animals confused on Monday.

The solar eclipse 2017 will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, during which the moon will completely block the sun. In effect, the total solar eclipse will make daytime look like nighttime and this period will confuse animals.

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During the period of the eclipse animals may manifest some erratic or unusual behaviors. Records from past eclipses show that animals acted different than usual the moment the moon blocks out light in the middle of the day.

During a total solar eclipse in 1544, it was said that “birds ceased singing” and in 1560 it was said that “birds fell to the ground” during a total eclipse, Science News reported.

Bruce Stein of the National Wildlife Federation explained that most animals are likely to start their nighttime routine once the solar eclipse 2017 hits on Monday. Animals are expected to exhibit behavior that typically occurs in the evening. During previous eclipses, elephants in Africa were seen retiring to their sleeping areas and chimpanzees were observed staring at the sky and looking “baffled by what was going on,” USA Today wrote.

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