As Tropical Storm Harvey wreaked havoc across Texas, leaving five dead and thousands evacuated, locals have been sharing stories of animals being rescued from the adverse weather.
HARVEY THE HAWK
A hawk was so afraid of Hurricane Harvey that it holed up in inside a taxi, shocking driver William Bruso.
The bird, who has been nicknamed Harvey the Hurricane Hawk, wasn’t going anywhere once it found shelter. Bruso tried to move the bird but had no luck. Instead, he drove it home and let it hang out at his house until he passed it to the Texas Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Many dogs had to be rescued from evacuated areas, with Texans sharing images of dogs of all breeds and sizes being rescued from the floodwaters. Some had been abandoned by their owners in the chaos.
Even alligators don’t like torrential rain. When extreme weather kicks in, alligators seek out higher ground, meaning it’s not unusual to spot gators hanging out in residential areas.
Arlene Kelsch, from Missouri City shared video of two alligators swimming in her back garden Sunday.
There have been quite a few images of alligators, and even sharks, swimming in the floodwaters shared on social media. However, most are turning out to be old or fake.
A viral Twitter post saw elderly nursing home residents rescued from the severe flooding at their home. Along with the group of older people pictured, a cat was also stuck in the floods. Luckily, the cat and the residents were all brought to safety.
You’d think ants would be the worse off in a raging flood, being so tiny. However, ants know there’s safety in numbers. Images have been circulating on social media showing fire ants coming together to form a raft of their own bodies to float safely on the flood water.