April 13, 2024

Your pet may be affected by April’s solar eclipse… here are unusual behaviors to watch out for and what YOU can do to alleviate their reaction

By Nikki, chief science reporter at Dailymail.Com

7:04 pm April 1, 2024, updated 7:04 pm April 1, 2024

Man’s best friend and our feline pets may exhibit strange behavior during the April 8 solar eclipse, and experts warn there are some signs to watch out for.

The path of totality will stretch from Maine to Texas and during the 3.5 to four minutes of darkness, your pets may become confused and think it’s time to sleep.

Your dog may also respond to the eclipse by showing signs of anxiety, such as pacing, scratching and howling – similar to how they react to a thunderstorm or fireworks.

The full reason why animals exhibit unusual behaviors during solar eclipses is not yet fully understood, but scientists theorize that pets respond to the dimming of natural light and the drop in temperature as the sun is blocked by the moon.

Pets may display anxious or confused behaviors and may show signs that they think it’s time to sleep when the solar eclipse occurs on April 8.
The solar eclipse will occur in the path of totality that stretches between Maine and Texas

The solar eclipse may be disrupting the animals’ circadian rhythm – the 24-hour biological clock that tells humans or animals when it’s time to wake up or go to sleep.

“Most animals respond (to the dimming of light due to the eclipse) in a way that says, ‘OK, it’s time to sit down, rest and sleep.’ Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, professor of forestry and natural resources at Purdue University, told CNN.

He continued: ‘…And then there are the nocturnal animals who suddenly say, ‘Oh, it’s time for me to wake up and be active.’

During Monday’s eclipse, the Moon will be positioned directly in front of the Sun, plunging millions of people in the US into darkness.

While people flock to the best viewing spots and express excitement about the approaching phenomenon, your furry friend may be less enthusiastic.

Some dogs may begin to howl and exhibit signs of anxiety, such as pacing, panting, and scratching.

When will the total solar eclipse occur?

After passing through Mexico, the first state to see the total solar eclipse on April 8 will be:

Texas (starting at 1:27 pm CDT)

It will then move to the following states:

  • Oklahoma (1:43 p.m. CDT)
  • Arkansas (1:45 p.m. CDT)
  • Missouri (13:53 CDT)
  • Tennessee (13:58 CDT)
  • Kentucky (13:58 CDT)
  • Illinois (13:58 CDT)
  • Indiana (2:01 p.m. CDT)
  • Ohio (15:08 EDT)
  • Michigan (15:12 EDT)
  • Pennsylvania (3:15 p.m. EDT)
  • new York (15:16 EDT)
  • Vermont (3:25 p.m. EDT)
  • New Hampshire (15:28 EDT)
  • Maine (15:28 EDT)

It will end in eastern Canada. Other parts of the US will only see a partial eclipse – because they are outside the “path of totality”

Source: timeanddate.com

You can help calm your dog by staying calm, which can make him less anxious because he tends to imitate human behavior, according to Dogster Magazine.

This could be the “most concerning” reaction for pet owners because the anxiety behaviors would be similar to how a dog reacts to thunderstorms, vet visits or fireworks, said Erica Cartmill, professor of anthropology, behavior. animal and cognitive sciences at Indiana University. PEOPLE.

But for cats, especially indoor ones, and some dogs, Cartmill said they’re more likely to think it’s nighttime and start showing the same behaviors they would display before going to bed.

“The most likely answer is that the animals begin their nocturnal routines and exhibit nocturnal behaviors,” Cartmill told the channel.

“If you have a dog or a cat, they may go to bed, be quieter, or start yawning and stretching.”

She added: A solar eclipse is “like dropping a little piece of night in the middle of the day.” So they can act like it’s night.

NASA hopes to discover how animals react to a solar eclipse during the April event through a citizen science project called Eclipse Soundscapes.

Event viewers participate by recording data, analyzing audio and submitting their observations of animals in the wild.

Scientists have noticed animals behaving strangely during lunar and solar eclipses, including whales and dolphins swimming to the surface of the water, giraffes congregating and running, Galapagos tortoises beginning to mate, and llamas gathering in groups.

“They did a lot of studies in 2017 when we had an eclipse in some zoos in America, and some of the animals were affected by it,” Steven Greene, director of Lubbock Animal Services, told KCBD News.

Scientists studied the animals’ behavior during the last solar eclipse in 2017 to better understand why they exhibit unusual behavior while the Moon blocks the Sun.
Up to a million are expected in Texas, 500,000 in Indiana and Ohio and nearly 400,000 people will be able to travel to New York.

Reports of unusual animal behavior during eclipses have been reported for decades, dating back to 1851, when a swarm of ants carrying food stopped moving until the sun reappeared in Sweden.

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Another report of cockroaches infesting a pantry in Massachusetts during the 1932 solar eclipse, while reports of spiders dropping their webs emerged during the 1991 solar eclipse in Mexico.

In 2017, researchers at North Carolina State University conducted a study on how animals at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, reacted to the solar eclipse.

‘At any point on Earth, a total eclipse occurs once every 375 years. So it’s not like you’re learning something new that you can use again in the future, and that’s certainly true for animals,” Adam Hartstone-Rose, who led the study, told The Washington Post.

“But it is a unifying event. We all have this experience together,’ he said, adding that during the April 8 eclipse, ‘let’s all be communing with the animals and thinking about how they experience this.’

Hartstone-Rose will conduct another study during this year’s solar eclipse at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas and will have more than 1,000 volunteers across the U.S. recording animal behavior through the Solar Eclipse Safari project.

The solar eclipse will be seen between 2:27 pm and 3:35 pm EST in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, but according to Astronomy.com, skygazers in Texas will have the best View.

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