Flock of Sheep Gather at McDonald's Closed in Coronavirus Lockdown

A flock of sheep was spotted outside an empty McDonald's in the Welsh town of Ebbw Vale over the weekend.

From lions playing on golf courses to sika deer in Japan, animals appear to be using the lockdown to reclaim space usually occupied by humans.

The image was originally shared by Andrew Thomas.

"There are always sheep wandering the streets of Ebbw Vale where they come down off common but never seen them in McDonald's before," said Thomas.

"I was leaving Aldi next door after doing some shopping for my mother who is on isolation and stopped on the way out to take the picture."

Ebbw Vale in South Wales is not the only place experiencing an influx of farm animals during the COVID-19 lockdown. Three-and-a-half hours away, in the coastal town of Llandudno, North Wales, locals witnessed a takeover by a tribe of Kashmiri goats. The animals appeared to be making the most of the empty streets while social isolation requirements require residents to stay at home during quarantine.

"Just kidding around, yeah?" Andrew Stewart tweeted alongside a video of the goats in late March.

Just kidding around, yeah? 🐐 pic.twitter.com/NHpV3seMlA

— Andrew Stuart wears a mask (@AndrewStuart) March 28, 2020

Two days later, he posted an update. The goats were back.

Goat update: they’re back, and they’re gathering in groups of more than 2 🐐 pic.twitter.com/Bc2N42SPGo

— Andrew Stuart wears a mask (@AndrewStuart) March 28, 2020

Earlier this month, a separate flock of Welsh sheep was filmed playing on a roundabout in a (temporarily) abandoned children's playground.

The animals are usually kept away from Raglan Farm Park's playground, but used the lockdown as a chance to experiment with some of the equipment on the Monmouthshire property in the southeastern corner of Wales.

Owner Gareth Williams said: "I was quite shocked when I saw them on the roundabout. We don't usually have them down here so it was quite amazing to see."

"Some of them were playing and others were all around the park. I was really surprised at how quickly they've started to play and get the hang of it."

Residents of Ebbw Vale may be more accustomed to livestock roaming the streets. A quick glance on Twitter drags up accounts of sheep grazing near the station and in the hospital car park as well as on a local building site.

One user recalls being held up in a traffic jam while a female sheep crossed the road with her lambs in tow.

According to the Welsh government, the country is home to approximately 10 million sheep—outnumbering people roughly three to one. Despite occupying 9 percent of U.K. land, Wales is responsible for 29 percent of the country's sheep.

Field of Sheep
Ewes and lambs on Gwndwnwal Farm during lambing season on March 2, 2017 in Brecon, Wales. Sheep have been snapped outside an empty MacDonald's in Wales amid the lockdown. Chris Jackson/Getty