Tennessee Aquarium anticipates animal reactions to eclipse

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Just like people, animals react to changes in the environment. Today during the eclipse, the The Tennessee Aquarium’s ring-tailed and red ruffed lemurs greeted the change in their own unique way.

Aquarium officials anticipated their lemurs to be vocal, howling and making other noises… as the solar eclipse began. Instead, they were quiet and still during the spectacle.

Lemur expert Chelsea Feast said, “It’s one of those things where it could go either way. So we expected them to vocalize a lot more than they did, but part of that could be it didn’t get that full darkness here. And so that may have played a role. I think we would’ve gotten a bigger response had that been the case.”

Aquarium officials also set up cameras throughout their exhibit to study how lemurs reacted to the eclipse.

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