Solar eclipse could affect your pet's behavior

10 months 1 week 4 days ago Monday, August 07 2017 Aug 7, 2017 Monday, August 07, 2017 3:46:00 PM CDT August 07, 2017 in Eclipse Impact
By: Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist

COLUMBIA - I've had numerous questions about the effects the upcoming total solar eclipse may have on pets and animals. Here's the scoop:

Is there a safety concern? Not particularly. Animals know not to look at the sun - that won't change on the day of the eclipse. Their eyes will be okay. Remember, the only reason it's a safety concern for humans is because many people will look at the sun during the partial eclipse and without proper protection it will damage our eyes.

However, animals may become scared or anxious due to the shadows and the event in general, so it may be a smart idea to have them on a leash if outdoors.

How will animals react? Many will act as if it is nighttime and begin their evening activities and preparations. Birds, bats, frogs and others have been documented as acting as if it is dusk, nighttime, and dawn around totality. This can be very interesting to watch - so be on the lookout! Your pets may even act as if it is nighttime.

For answers to many (if not all) of your eclipse questions refer to our Eclipse Deep Dive. All of our eclipse coverage can be found at KOMU.com/Eclipse.

Watch the KOMU 8 Show Me Eclipse Special this Thursday at 6:30pm for a step-by-step guide of what to look for, expect, and how to be safe during the total solar eclipse August 21st. 

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