Lions have become king of the roads in South Africa. Wild animals were photographed lying on a street in the Kruger National Park. The employee who captured the rare images says that lions are usually seen on the streets only at night. During the day, cats tend to sit in the bushes, away from people. But now wildlife has taken over the roads after the park was closed on March 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Sowry saw lions sleeping on the road while patrolling the park, approached them and took photos. The cats were not bothered by his presence. “Lions are used to people in cars,” Sowry said. “They have an instinctive fear of people on foot, so if I had approached without a car they wouldn’t have let me get so close.”

Normally, Sowry says he sees lions sleeping on the road on colder winter nights, when the asphalt retains the sun light.The fear of the park employees is that the lions will consider the roads a safe place in the future, just because they are now uncirculated.