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Eclipse and Animals: Understanding Their Reactions

Lori Davidson | 05 April, 2024

            Animal Behavior and the Eclipse

As celestial events like eclipses capture our attention and wonder, it's worth considering how they might affect the animals around us. Animals, both domestic and wild, have been observed exhibiting peculiar behaviors during eclipses, sparking curiosity and study among scientists and enthusiasts alike.

Here are a few insights into how animals might react during an eclipse:

  • Behavioral Changes:

During a solar eclipse, animals may exhibit altered behavior patterns. Some species become more active, while others may become quieter or seek shelter. This shift in behavior could be attributed to the sudden change in light levels and the confusion it may cause in their internal clocks.

  • Confusion and Alarm:

Animals that rely on daylight cues for hunting, feeding, or navigation may become disoriented during an eclipse. Nocturnal animals may mistake the sudden darkness for nighttime, while diurnal creatures may express confusion or alarm at the unexpected dimming of the sun.

  • Vocalizations:

Birds, in particular, are known for their vocalizations during eclipses. They may sing their dawn or dusk songs, believing that night is falling. This phenomenon has been observed in various bird species across different regions during solar eclipses.

  • Protective Instincts:

Some animals may exhibit protective instincts during an eclipse. Pet owners often notice their animals seeking shelter or displaying signs of anxiety. It's important to provide comfort and reassurance to pets during these times to help alleviate their stress.

  • Scientific Study:

Scientists use eclipses as opportunities to study animal behavior and responses to sudden environmental changes. By observing wildlife during eclipses, researchers gain valuable insights into animal cognition, sensory perception, and adaptation mechanisms.

While eclipses can be fascinating phenomena for humans, it's essential to consider their potential impact on the animal kingdom. By understanding and respecting the reactions of animals during eclipses, we can ensure their well-being and contribute to ongoing scientific inquiry into the complex relationship between celestial events and the natural world.

Please distract your pets with toys, crate them, or pull curtains to darken the room. Direct focus by them on the sun during this time is as damaging to their eyesight as it is to our own.

Stay curious and keep an eye out for any intriguing behaviors from the creatures around you during Monday’s eclipse!


Lori is co-founder of Pet Perennials and a lifelong animal lover. She currently resides in a small lake community with her two feline companions, Snookie and Pumpkin. 

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