Hopefully no one in Central New York did any damage to their eyes or their cameras, but what about the animals? Did you notice any strange behavior or activity with your pets?

It has been documented that animals do react to this astronomical phenomenon. According to a story from The Verge, Thomas Edison's 1878 eclipse viewing was disrupted by a flock of chickens who instinctively returned to the henhouse he was watching from. There have also been reports of mosquitoes coming out as if it was sunset.

Eclipse from Marcy, NY
Paige Brown/TSM Utica

One of our station's employees noticed that the crickets in his neighborhood got louder and the birds also seemed more active. There have been a variety of reports of certain birds getting quieter, while others get noisier. However you look at it, there is definitely an effect on all kinds of animals.

Crazy Cat closeup
CJ/TSM Utica

Take my cat for example. Just one look at those crazy eyes and you know something was up. Well, maybe there was actually no change at all since he is almost always like this.

Did you keep your pets inside or did you attempt to use eye protection for them? Did you notice any strange behavior? Let us know in the comments below.


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