Apr 5, 2024 - News

How the total solar eclipse affects animals

A dog with sunglasses on looks skywards

A dog wearing sunglasses in Mexico City during a 2023 eclipse. Photo: Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu via Getty Images

Don't forget to keep an eye on your pets during April 8's total solar eclipse.

Why it matters: Animals have been known to exhibit erratic behavior during such cosmic events, according to a study of 17 species in the journal Animals.

The intrigue: Symptoms can range from anxiety, such as dogs howling, to a sudden desire for breeding.

  • Animals can wear protective eyewear but generally don't look up at the sun as humans tend to do, according to experts.

What they're saying: "There's no telling what's running through these critters' minds when suddenly, midday, the sky goes dark," Jacob Dykes, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist in South Texas, told AgriLife Today.

  • "Their environment is always having an influence, whether through rain, temperature, wind speed, the amount of sunlight or the length of day. Wildlife are deeply in tune with their surroundings."

Be smart: Pet Sitters International has a guide for how pet owners can prepare for the eclipse.

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