Paws For A Smile

This is my blog dedicated to (mostly cute) animal stories and related pictures in the news. I am would be especially interested to find animal news stories from outside the U.K. Send me your stories !!!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Mice On A Plane

Mass mouse escape on Saudi plane (BBC News 15/12/2006)

More than 100 passengers on a Saudi plane were left panic-stricken by the unexpected appearance of furry fellow flyers - dozens of mice.
The small rodents - about 80 in total, according to a local newspaper - escaped from the bag of a man travelling on the domestic flight.
An airline official said the aircraft was at 28,000 feet (8,500m) when mice began scurrying around the cabin.
Some of the mice fell on passengers' heads, Al-Hayat newspaper reports.
The incident occurred on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from the capital, Riyadh, to north-eastern town of Tabuk.
The flight landed safely and the bag's owner was detained by police investigating how he managed to get the mice onto the plane.
No explanation was given for the man's live cargo.

Check out the original article : I love the caption of the picture - "Mice: Not known as frequent flyers en masse" !!!

I must be the only person I know that would root for the mice ! Mind you this is one of those stories that raises more questions than answers ... How did the guy get the mice on the plane ? WHY was he smuggling mice ?!


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