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Quebec zoo examined animal behaviour during last week's total solar eclipse

A Quebec zoo took advantage of last Monday's total solar eclipse to study the behaviours of some of its animals. The zoo's research and conservation department was approached by an astrophysics professor from the Université du Québec à Montréal about taking part in an animal behaviour study and collecting data on how they reacted during the rare phenomenon.

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The Moon's shadow, or umbra, is pictured covering portions of the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick and the American state of Maine in this photograph from the International Space Station as it soared into the solar eclipse from 261 miles above. (all photos: NASA / ISS)
Aurora, a 20-year-old Beluga whale, swims with her calf after giving birth at 3:39 p.m. local time at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday June 7, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People watch the total solar eclipse at Parc Jean Drapeau, in Montreal, Monday, April 8, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

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