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When it comes to the most popular companions of the townspeople from the animal world, pigeons immediately come to mind. They are attached to people, they are not afraid of them at all and are waiting for treats. However, as it turned out, pigeons are by no means the only forced "neighbors" of residents of different countries. In some countries, people live side by side with rather exotic animals and birds.
We decided to find out what animals in different countries are replacing pigeons for local residents.
1. Bahamas - Pigs
In the Bahamas region, there is a small uninhabited island called Pig Beach. Although it would be more accurate to say that people do not live on it, but there are inhabitants there - these are several dozen feral domestic pigs.
Pig Beach is a very popular place among tourists: many come to see funny pigs who are not at all afraid of people and gladly accept a treat. It is not known exactly how the pigs got to the island, perhaps they were left by sailors, or maybe they survived the shipwreck and swam to land. There is also a version that the animals were brought to the island specifically to lure tourists.
2. Australia - White ibises
These graceful and rather large birds feel great on the streets of Australian cities. Sometimes they steal food from garbage cans, and sometimes people feed them - just like the pigeons we are used to.
3. India - Monkeys
Despite their cute appearance and plaintive look, monkeys have become a real misfortune for India. Spoiled by tourists and locals, these animals have settled comfortably on the streets and insistently demand food. They climb through windows and steal food and belongings from passers-by. Of course, the local authorities are fighting these animals as best they can.
4. Christmas Island - Red crabs
Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean, 1,600 km from Australia. It is notable for the fact that in winter millions of red crabs begin to move along its territory. They migrate from tropical forests to the coast, and at this moment all roads are literally overrun with these creatures. The island even has a special road sign announcing the closure of highways due to the migration of crabs.
5.Greece, Crete - Geese
On the Greek island of Crete, some beaches are home to wild geese. In particular, they can be found near Lake Kournas. These birds feel like full-fledged owners here, they boldly approach people, demand treats, and if you refuse to share, they may hiss with displeasure and try to snatch food right from their hands.
6. Japan - Foxes
Not far from the northern capital of Japan - the city of Sendai - there is the so-called Fox Village - Dzao Kitsune Mura. More than a hundred foxes of 6 different species live in it. These animals are happy to contact people, allow themselves to be stroked and, of course, fed.
7. Sheep - New Zealand
There are more sheep than people in New Zealand. There are about 6 sheep for every inhabitant of this country. You can see these animals almost everywhere, as there are many pastures in New Zealand. In addition, you can always take a tour of various farms to get to know these cute animals better and to treat them with something.
8. Ecuador, Mexico - Iguanas
Iguanas are firmly established in these countries. They crawl along the streets and parks of cities, and caring residents sometimes treat these giant lizards with something tasty. Perhaps this can be explained by the fact that earlier on the site of some cities there were forests and animals remained to live on their territory even after construction.
9. Austria - Marmots
Many adorable Alpine marmots can be found in Austria. To do this, you just need to get into the largest Austrian mountain reserve - Grossglockner-mit-Pasteurz und Gamsgrube. As soon as a person gets into its territory, he immediately hears the characteristic cries of local inhabitants. The fact is that along the route there are many settlements of marmots, many of which are already accustomed to people and allow you to spy on their lives from a fairly close distance.
10. Australia - Parrots
Wild parrots are as common to Australians as pigeons are to us. These birds with pink breasts even outwardly somewhat resemble city pigeons, but, of course, they look much more exotic. They swim in puddles, sit on eaves and happily accept food from people.
11. Peru, New Zealand - Alpaca
They say that it is impossible to visit Peru and not meet a lama. This is the state symbol of the country depicted on the coat of arms. Although most often not llamas come across, but alpacas and vicuñas, which cannot be tamed. Therefore, they are simply herded into herds, sheared, and then released. As for New Zealand, there are several farms in this country where many alpacas live, which are quite tame and willingly make contact with people.
12. Japan - Cats
Tashiro Island is a true paradise for cats. Not more than 100 people and about 500 cats live here. There are 2 villages on the island, each of which has its own fishing port, which is especially attractive for furry animals. Since ancient times, cats have been revered on Tashiro, as they exterminated rats that interfered with local silk production. Today this place has become quite popular among tourists.
13. Thailand - Monkeys
Thailand is home to many wild monkeys that frolic on the city streets and feel extremely at ease. Eternally hungry animals beg for bananas and other delicacies from passers-by, and also raid houses and shops. Today, the situation has escalated so much that the authorities have resumed the program of neutering stray animals.
14. Venezuela -Macaw parrots
A huge macaw parrot that has flown in to sit on the balcony is a standard picture for residents of the Venezuelan city of Caracas. They arrive in the city from a neighboring nature reserve. By the way, bird watchers say that the presence of these birds in the metropolis indicates a good ecological situation.
15. Japan, city of Nara - Deer
Nara is the central city of Japan, which is famous for 2 things: it has many temples and deer. According to legend, the god of thunder and swords Takemikazuki came to guard the city on horseback. So all the animals that live in Nara now are considered sacred descendants of that very first deer. They can be fed, ironed and photographed.
The hamster escaped from the cage and then climbed the wall like Spider-Man. And his photo conquered the Internet!
Twitter has a new favorite - a six-month-old hamster named Kuro, whose sudden opening ability to climb walls will be envied even by Spider-Man!
A resident of Japan, 22-year-old Yuko Hirata, published a photo of her hamster, who decided to escape to freedom in a very strange way. This charming rodent climbed the wall, propping its nose into a corner and resting its hind legs on the walls. According to the hostess, this is not the first attempt of the clever Kuro to escape, but he has never yet escaped so skillfully.
In less than a week, a photo of a black and white Syrian hamster collected more than 600 thousand likes. Netizens admire his physical abilities and now and then compare with Spider-Man and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
After this photo, people trying this ability with their little pets!
We hope that Kuro will not forget about his skills and will continue to climb the walls, but not in order to escape from his mistress, but solely for the joy of us all!
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After 4-year-old Cleo went missing, her owners found the dog where they had not expected: in the house where they used to live.
Two years ago, this American family moved from Lawson, Missouri to Olath, Kansas. However, Cleo was probably yearning for the old house and decided to visit it.
As a result, the dog walked about 92 km from one state to another. At the same time, she crossed the river in an incomprehensible way.
Not only people want to go back to where they felt good.
On the porch of the house where Cleo once lived with the owners, new tenants found the Labrador. Returning from work, Colton Michael and his wife were surprised by an unknown dog, which was clearly waiting for someone.
Colton thought the Labrador was too well-groomed to be a stray dog. The new owner of the house discovered a microchip on Cleo, by which he established the names of her owners. It matched the name of the previous tenants.
Colton logged into Facebook and saw that a former homeowner named Drew had been looking for a missing dog for a week.
And when Colton told him where Cleo was, her master was literally "speechless."
The motives behind Cleo's journey are unknown. Perhaps she was tormented by nostalgia for the places where she once felt good.
But regardless of why the dog went on the 92-kilometer hike, Cleo's owner was overjoyed at her return. “She's everything to us,” Drew said.