LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The solar eclipse can cause permanent damage to eyes, and many people are wondering what it could mean for animals.  

Louisville Zoo wildlife expert Steve Taylor said Friday that animals may handle the eclipse better than humans.

“Something like this, which is a natural occurrence ... Animals are adapted to be able to deal with natural occurrences,” Taylor said.

While the sun's rays do not discriminate in the damage they can do to eyes, Taylor said it isn't a concern unless animals stare at the sun, and that is not likely.

“Animals, unlike people, aren’t going to focus on the sun," he said. "They’re gonna go about their normal business."

Taylor said he does not expect the animals to panic when the sky goes dark.

“The issue there is it’s not like the sun is there and then suddenly the moon is right in front of it and it startles you," he said. "This is a process that occurs over time."

Taylor said your pets can sense how you are reacting, and their behavior could change during the eclipse based on that.

He thinks the animals at the zoo will react like they do when storm clouds darken the skies.

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