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Coronavirus quiet tempts jackals into Tel Aviv park

City vets say it is important that people do not feed the jackals or they could get used to mingling with humans.

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(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The quiet of the coronavirus lockdown in Israel has cleared the way for packs of jackals to take over an urban oasis in the heart of Tel Aviv.

Each spring, Hayarkon Park usually comes alive with joggers, children playing, young families and 20-somethings picnicking and sunbathing, but these days virtually the only sign of life in the sprawling park is the jackals.

The animals arrive just before nightfall, but while they may look like they are having fun – lying in the grass and chasing after one another – experts say they are desperately looking for food.

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Jackals eat dog food that was left for them by a woman at Hayarkon Park (Oded Balilty/AP)

Jackals eat dog food that was left for them by a woman at Hayarkon Park (Oded Balilty/AP)

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Jackals eat dog food that was left for them by a woman at Hayarkon Park (Oded Balilty/AP)

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Vets in Tel Aviv say it is important that people do not feed the jackals (Oded Balilty/AP)

Vets in Tel Aviv say it is important that people do not feed the jackals (Oded Balilty/AP)

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Vets in Tel Aviv say it is important that people do not feed the jackals (Oded Balilty/AP)

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Officials fear the animals will become aggressive if they are not fed (Oded Balilty/AP)

Officials fear the animals will become aggressive if they are not fed (Oded Balilty/AP)

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Officials fear the animals will become aggressive if they are not fed (Oded Balilty/AP)

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About 100 jackals are believed to live in Hayarkon Park (Oded Balilty/AP)

About 100 jackals are believed to live in Hayarkon Park (Oded Balilty/AP)

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About 100 jackals are believed to live in Hayarkon Park (Oded Balilty/AP)

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A jackal hidden in spring flowers in Hayarkon Park (Oded Balilty/AP)

A jackal hidden in spring flowers in Hayarkon Park (Oded Balilty/AP)

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A jackal hidden in spring flowers in Hayarkon Park (Oded Balilty/AP)

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The park is usually teeming with joggers (Oded Balilty/AP)

The park is usually teeming with joggers (Oded Balilty/AP)

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The park is usually teeming with joggers (Oded Balilty/AP)

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The jackals are scavengers that normally live on the edges of the park and subsist on food scraps left behind by humans (Oded Balilty/AP)

The jackals are scavengers that normally live on the edges of the park and subsist on food scraps left behind by humans (Oded Balilty/AP)

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The jackals are scavengers that normally live on the edges of the park and subsist on food scraps left behind by humans (Oded Balilty/AP)

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They are afraid of people and usually keep their distance (Oded Balilty/AP)

They are afraid of people and usually keep their distance (Oded Balilty/AP)

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They are afraid of people and usually keep their distance (Oded Balilty/AP)

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The timid animals have come into the open, reaching areas where they rarely venture as they search for food (Oded Balilty/AP)

The timid animals have come into the open, reaching areas where they rarely venture as they search for food (Oded Balilty/AP)

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The timid animals have come into the open, reaching areas where they rarely venture as they search for food (Oded Balilty/AP)

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The animals arrive just before nightfall (Oded Balilty/AP)

The animals arrive just before nightfall (Oded Balilty/AP)

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The animals arrive just before nightfall (Oded Balilty/AP)

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