Which animals can you see in cities? This article tells you about more than just dogs and cats!


One night in December 2011, a bear came into the city of Vancouver in Canada. It walked through the city streets past houses, shops and offices. Then it found some food in bins outside a restaurant and started eating. In the morning, someone saw the bear and called the police. The police came with a vet from the city zoo. They put the bear in a lorry and took it to the mountains outside the city. Luckily, the bear was safe. But what happens in other countries when big animals come into cities? In Vancouver it is unusual to see a bear, but in some cities you can see big animals on the city streets every day.

Big animals usually come into cities to find food. In Cape Town in South Africa baboons come into the city when they are hungry. They go into gardens and eat fruit from trees. They even go into houses and take food from cupboards and fridges! Baboons are strong animals and they can scare people. But the city can be dangerous for baboons too. Sometimes, cars and buses kill baboons in accidents. Human food is very bad for the baboons’ teeth because it has a lot of sugar. Now, there are Baboon Monitors working in Cape Town. Their job is to find baboons in the city and return them to the countryside.

In Berlin in Germany, pigs sometimes come into the city to look for food. They eat flowers and plants in parks and gardens. Sometimes they eat vegetables from gardens and they walk in the street and cause accidents. Some people like the pigs and they give them food and water to drink. Other people do not like the pigs and they want the government and the police to stop them entering the city.

In Moscow in Russia, there are 35,000 wild dogs. The dogs live in parks, old houses, markets and train stations. Some dogs live in groups and others live alone. Many people in Moscow like the dogs. They give them food and water. Some people make small houses for the dogs in their gardens. This helps the dogs in winter, when the temperature in Moscow is -10 ºC and there is a lot of snow and ice.

Many animals live in cities. In some cities, you can see birds, insects, mice and squirrels every day. But sometimes, it is dangerous when big animals come into cities to find food. We need to find ways of stopping animals coming into the city without hurting them.

Robin Newton

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Which animals do you see in the town or city where you live?


Gabriela_15's picture
Gabriela_15 28 September, 2015 - 16:21

In my city, I see animals like dogs, cats and other animals who are abandoned on the streets and they don´t have a proper care.

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leidy828 28 September, 2015 - 14:53

i live in Tacna and I see many dogs and cats in the city because the people leave these animals, leaving them to their fate

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marycoartacna 25 September, 2015 - 16:28

tha history is a good for my, i love a animals but my favorite pet is the CAT, i love my cat his name is mishca and is beautifull

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ryanrussell13 25 September, 2015 - 15:14

In the city where I live there are several animals, one of them is the dog, my dog is called Boxin, is very funny, apart from this animal there are variety of animals such as cat, pigeons, ducks, parrots etc. I love animals of Tacna.

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Tris 25 September, 2015 - 15:06

this history is a little sad for my , this text tell about the animals that do not have food for they can eat, por example the dogs and cats, this action is true on the world but a lot person don´t want to help to animals , but exist some person that they like help animals for this they adopt some animals taking them to their homes for live with you families for my this persons are the best.

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Luis04 25 September, 2015 - 15:02

We as people of the present, we must create a better future, which is not to harm the animals without need.

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bluebutterfly 21 September, 2015 - 14:03

In the city were I live, i often seen dogs and cats, they live in groups. Also, in my city i see squirells and birds.

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Elsa007 10 August, 2015 - 04:48

I see cats on the street, mice in underground stations, birds and parakeets in the sky, insects, lizards, snakes, frogs.... But outside of the town we have a chance to come across wild animals like monkeys, bears, deers, boars, eagles, foxes, and so on…!.

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HH 7 July, 2015 - 03:26

I live in a city which is very crowded. Nearby, there are neither forests nor mountains. So, I haven't see any big animals walk on the street. Just cats and dogs which have no homes walk there. People don't care about them, people don't like them. When they see them, they hit them and sometimes, people even kill them. When someone gives them food or drink, people will think that this person is crazy, mad, and somethings like that. Goverment also don't care about these poor animals. So, these animals often be very dirty and ill. A lot of them die everyday. I think that goverment and people must protect them. They mustn't be so mean like that... They just need a little care...

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erman 24 July, 2015 - 12:16

i think it is underdeveloped country or person of the country is very rude.is it true?
by the way, absolutely you understand wrong.

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