How will animals react to the Total Solar Eclipse?

(Fox 17 News)

By now, most people across the U.S. are aware of the historic total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

But have you thought about how animals will be affected by it?

Fox 17 News headed to the Nashville Zoo to get some answers. On hand were experts Michael Paolucci and Paul Cox, founder and astronomer, respectively, at the company Slooh -- which lets you control online telescopes, watch live streaming celestial events and more.

Paolucci and Cox are making their way through the total solar eclipse's "path of totality." Nashville is the biggest city on this path. Two two made a stop at the zoo to hand out free viewing glasses, educate guests on the eclipse and let them take a peak through their solar telescope.

While there, Cox and zoo spokesman Jim Bartoo, talked with Fox 17 about how animals might react to the total solar eclipse. Watch the full interview in the video below:

As far as how animals will react -- Cox has a few ideas. The astronomer has been around the globe, chasing total solar eclipses. He says most animals are likely to believe it's nighttime and "slither away." But as some animals may think it's time to sleep, others, like insects, will come out to play.

Some birds may begin nesting -- while other animals, like primates, might make their usual "bedtime" noises. Some animals, like domestic pets, are likelier to not have such adverse effects to the total solar eclipse. But if you have a pet that usually lets you know when its about to storm, they might exhibit the same characteristics for the total solar eclipse.

Again, for the most part, this is all educated guesses.

The real fun will be actually observing animals during the total solar eclipse and seeing for yourself how they react to the historic event. The Nashville Zoo will be providing this experience as its hosting a large eclipse event on Aug. 21.

All together, 8,000 total solar eclipse viewing glasses will be handed out at the zoo that day. The glasses will be handed out on a "first-come first-served" basis -- so you'll want to get there early. If you can't make it to the zoo, you can always watching the animals through one of their four livestreams.

*“Visit to snap and share your own photos from this live event, and interact with our hosts and guests, and personally control Slooh’s telescopes.*

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