As the world focuses their attention to the sky on August 21st, there are some interesting happenings to be seen the ground. For the first time since 1979, parts of the United States will bear witness to a total solar eclipse. When the eclipse occurs, it is believed that the animals of our planet could start acting strange.

But First, What is a Solar Eclipse?

According to NASA, on Monday, August 21st, the entirety of North America will experience an eclipse of the sun. Certain parts of the country will be on the path of totality which allows them to see the magnificent total solar eclipse. This rare path will take place when the moon will completely cover the sun for about a three hour span. Only certain parts of the world will be truly affected by the darkness for more than a few seconds but it is bound to be a spectacular experience. Find out if your area is ideal for viewing, here!


If you are a pet owner, you may have noticed your pet acting strange during natural events such as thunderstorms or hurricanes. While this is common for most animals, there is some evidence that points to the potential of odd behaviors during this month’s eclipse. In parts of the country where the eclipse is going to be most visible, animal sanctuaries and zoos are preparing for some chaos. Places such as the Tennessee Aquarium and the Lincoln Park Zoo  are watching mammals such as lemurs and chimps for irregular behavior. During previous total eclipses, these particular creatures have been known to act out of character.


Although there is no proven science behind the cause of animals acting out, trends in demeanor during other eclipses have occurred over the years. In the past some of the peculiar behaviors have included;


  • Ants stopping mid-journey and remaining still until the light re-appeared
  • Lizards acting as though it was sunset and burying themselves in the sand
  • Birds returned to their nests and were silenced
  • Squirrels kept in captivity became flustered
  • Chickens huddled together
  • Nocturnal creatures (bugs) that usually come out at night, appeared mid-day


Whether you plan to watch the momentous event from home or at a location surrounded by animals, keep an eye out for strands of bizarre behavior. Although the unconventional acts will likely last a few minutes, your pet’s silliness could be helping to prove a scientific theory!