Mirpur Zoo animals suffering lockdown loneliness

  • A family of hippopotami bathe in a pool at the Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Two new members joined the group during the lockdown, but have not yet had any visitors. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    A family of hippopotami bathe in a pool at the Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Two new members joined the group during the lockdown, but have not yet had any visitors. Photo: Saad Abdullah

  • A family of hippopotami bathe in a pool at the Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Two new members joined the group during the lockdown, but have not yet had any visitors. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    A family of hippopotami bathe in a pool at the Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Two new members joined the group during the lockdown, but have not yet had any visitors. Photo: Saad Abdullah

  • A pair of pelicans float on a lake at the Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    A pair of pelicans float on a lake at the Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Photo: Saad Abdullah

  • A herd of Chitra deer stand in the shade of the trees at Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Nine new deer have been born during the lockdown. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    A herd of Chitra deer stand in the shade of the trees at Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Nine new deer have been born during the lockdown. Photo: Saad Abdullah

  • A herd of giraffe stand under the shade of the trees at the visitor-less Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. A giraffe was born at the zoo during the lockdown. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    A herd of giraffe stand under the shade of the trees at the visitor-less Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. A giraffe was born at the zoo during the lockdown. Photo: Saad Abdullah

  • The paths at Mirpur Zoo are desolate on Sunday, May 23, 2021 amid the lockdown. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    The paths at Mirpur Zoo are desolate on Sunday, May 23, 2021 amid the lockdown. Photo: Saad Abdullah

  • The usual crowds in front of the Chitra deer pen are missing on Sunday, May 23, 2021 because of the lockdown. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    The usual crowds in front of the Chitra deer pen are missing on Sunday, May 23, 2021 because of the lockdown. Photo: Saad Abdullah

  • Moss has grown on the brick paths around Mirpur Zoo over the course of the lockdown, as seen in this photo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    Moss has grown on the brick paths around Mirpur Zoo over the course of the lockdown, as seen in this photo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Photo: Saad Abdullah

  • Despite the lack of visitors, a male peacock spreads its brilliantly-hued, long tail feathers at Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    Despite the lack of visitors, a male peacock spreads its brilliantly-hued, long tail feathers at Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Photo: Saad Abdullah

  • The lockdown has allowed painting work to proceed undeterred on several cages at Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    The lockdown has allowed painting work to proceed undeterred on several cages at Mirpur Zoo on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Photo: Saad Abdullah

  • The main gate to Mirpur Zoo is desolate on Sunday, May 23, 2021 amid the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Saad Abdullah

    The main gate to Mirpur Zoo is desolate on Sunday, May 23, 2021 amid the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Saad Abdullah