Video goodness: Escalators are a foreign concept to Jack the terrier mix. Hilarity results
We just want to reach through the computer screen and hug little Jack, a border terrier mix who doesn't quite seem to grasp the concept of an escalator. (We'd also like to reassure him that the idea of a set of mechanical stairs is a bit confusing for a lot of human children, too.)
You can almost see the wheels turning in Jack's head, can't you? He must be thinking something along the lines of, "I'm moving ... so my feet need to move, right?" He sure seems relieved when he's placed back on solid ground and things return to normal for him.
Apparently the idea of riding an escalator is a confusing and stressful one for other members of the animal kingdom, too. A casual YouTube perusal turned up other videos showing a bulldog named Porkchop balking when his owner tries to get him to ride one and an Irish terrier named Violet wearing a resigned expression while being carried on one. Stepping off the escalator proved a tough proposition for this German shepherd. (Seems like opting for an elevator or plain old stairs over the escalator is a good idea if your pet is too heavy to carry.)
Navigating an escalator can also be a difficult task for ducks, as this confused flock made clear.
And the idea that one must move one's paws on a mechanized stairway? Apparently Jack's not the only dog to have it. After the jump, see video of another dog named Jolly who reached the same incorrect, if adorable, conclusion.
-- Lindsay Barnett
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