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Why Did the Ostrich (or Snake, or Llama) Cross the Road?

Why Did the Ostrich (or Snake, or Llama) Cross the Road?
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Are you familiar with Make Way for Ducklings, a children's book set in Boston in 1941? In it, a family of mallards goes searching for a new home among the city's landmarks, eventually deciding to settle in Public Garden Lagoon, where tourists throw them peanuts for food and gigantic swan boats graze the lake.

The trip to the garden, though, proves complicated. Eventually, a kindly policeman steps in to help, getting officials to stop traffic so the ducks can, yup, cross the road. Today's Postcard is reminiscent of that book. Below, all manner of animals crossing the street. Thanks to Reuters for compiling the images.


A breeder, whose business has been affected by the H7N9 bird flu virus, walks his ducks along a road in Changzhou county, Shandong province. (Reuters)


A llama crosses a road near the salt flat Tolillar, more than 12,467 feet above sea level on the puna or high plateau of Salta Province. (Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)


Deer run across the road as a man jogs through Richmond Park in south west London. (Paul Hackett/Reuters)


A local man drives his motorbike as a herd of cows crosses a highway in Tyulkovo village, some 116 miles south-west from Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)


An alpaca crosses the road as drivers wait in their vehicles on the highlands of Chile en route to the Jama border crossing during the untimed 7th stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally from Calama to Salta, Chile. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)
 


A snake crosses the Capricorn Highway which is under floodwaters 6km south of Rockhampton. Military aircraft flew supplies to an Australian town slowly disappearing beneath floodwaters, as record flooding in the country's northeast continues to cut coal exports and devastate wheat production. (Daniel Munoz/Reuters)


A white rhino and its baby cross a road on the drying shores of Lake Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley, 99 miles west of the capital Nairobi. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)


A giraffe pauses while crossing a road outside Niger's capital Niamey. Giraffes are rare in West Africa, with Niger claiming to be home to the only giraffe population in the region. (Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters)
 

Amanda Erickson is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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