Sometimes they come back

Nine wonderful stories about how the pets find their way home, despite the great distances and obstacles.

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Irish Terrier Prince

Distance: unknown.

How much was missing: unknown.

In 1914, Private James Brown from Staffordshire called to the front - Brown was one of the first regiments sent to France for the war. At home he had to leave his favorite Prince. Despite the fact that the Prince was left in the care of the family, not strangers, dog anyway so longed for his master that one day disappeared. Brown's wife wrote to him in a letter, but the letter came too late, shortly before receiving mail Prince and James reunited. Dog found his master in the French trenches, having crossed the English Channel, and was ready to fight with them against the Germans. Prince detachment made their mascot and left at home, and the dog in gratitude performed postman function, passing a note on the battlefield.

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Australian Heeler Sophie Tucker

Distance: 10 km of water.

How much was missing: four months.

Ian Griffith vacationing with his family on a yacht and go sailing in a storm, when the home favorite Sophie Tucker fell overboard. Yang thought that the dog was drowned, lost all hope of rescue pet in a storm and went on its way. Sophie Tucker not only drowned, but also experienced many adventures she swam 10 kilometers alongside sharks (it was close to Australian shores), it landed on the almost deserted island, and there are four months to hunt wild goats to feed themselves . Sophie found the rangers, worried that the goats someone steals and kills, followed by the address tag returned home.

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mongrel cat Barsik

Distance: 200 km.

How much was missing: five weeks.

The owners of three cat Barsika from Rostov-on-Don came to visit relatives in the Ukraine in the city of Krasnodon. Pet, they decided to take with them, without inquiring whether Barsik wants at all to leave the home. Quite predictably, but Barsik arrived in Krasnodon and released from the bag, immediately frightened barking dogs and unfamiliar terrain, escaped from the owners and got away - and not just anywhere, but back home, across the border. Five weeks Barsik found himself on the threshold of the house in Rostov-on-Don, emaciated, with a slight stretching of legs, but obviously happy.

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Siamese cat Simon

Distance: more than 2000 km.

How much I was missing six years.

In 1987, Murmansk family Sinishin lost cat Seeds, returning from Moscow, and returned to Murmansk "orphaned". However, stubborn cat does not put up with such a course of events, he spent six years in wanderings to return home, and finally made it. The case was so extraordinary that the seeds have written about in newspapers, Murmansk, directed a short film "Love Story", and in 2012 established a monument to him. Now sad bronze cat with a bundle sitting on a bench Semenovski lake in Murmansk: say, if it is to scratch behind his ear and make a wish, it will come true.

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Mixed Scotch Collies and English Shepherds Bobby

Distance: 4100 km.

How much was missing: six months.

In 1923, while traveling through Indiana lost two-year dog Bobby. The hosts were looking for him a few days, but could not find, and went home in Silverton, Oregon. Six months later, Bobby showed up at the door of the Oregon House: emaciated, with bleeding feet. Bobby went through almost half of the country, winter, across the plains, mountains, deserts, swamps, rivers and lakes, to be with their owners - it is estimated that in the day he had to go about 23 km. His story touched so Americans, what about Bobby even made a silent film "Call of the West" and put a few sites in Silverton, and after him there are still children's parade takes place annually.

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Cocker Spaniel Tony

Distance: 400 km.

How much was missing: five weeks.

In 1945 the family moved Dulen from Aurora, Illinois, East Lansing campus, Michigan. Black cocker spaniel, Tony, it was decided not to take with them, and leave to live with friends in his hometown. Tony, unable to endure such a betrayal, the family did not stay friends and a few days after the departure of the owners had disappeared too. After five weeks, Mr Dulen, returning home from work, saw a disheveled, dirty and bad dog, similar to Tony: dog wagged his tail and barked joyfully. Mr. Dulen first doubted that it was his Tony, but when I saw the address on the collar badge, it could be no doubt - it was a pet, which has since never left and always carried with him.

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Parrot Yosuke

Distance: unknown.

How much was missing: unknown.

When the Japanese Yosuke the parrot got tired of sitting in his cell, he simply flew out of her window. Greater Tokyo, however, seemed Yosuke less cozy than the cell, and very soon the prodigal parrot wanted to go home. When police found the parrot on the roof of a Tokyo house and was taken to the vet, Yosuke clearly as he had been taught, gave his name: "My name is Yosuke Nakamura," the address, and then played a few happy songs, adding to it a request to take him home. Family, when the parrot to get back, was very pleased that it is not in vain two years spent on something to teach these important Yosuke said.

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Breed Cat Emily

Distance: 7300 km.

How much was missing: unknown.

Leslie and Donnie Makelini of Eppltauna, Wisconsin, somehow found their one year old Emily the cat disappeared. As it turned out, Emily accidentally while hiking jumped into a container with waste paper, which, in turn, stood in the back of a truck that was going to Chicago to go from there to Belgium and then to France. There's something Emily and found the staff paper-processing plant, the exhausted and dying of thirst. Fortunately, Emily was a collar with an address tag, and it quickly returned home, sending a Continental Airlines flight.

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Jack Russell Terrier Jarvis

Distance: unknown, but took the ferry.

How much was missing: two days.

The hostess restless Jack Russell Jarvis lost it when Jarvis pulled for a bird in the bushes until she was two years granddaughter walk in the park in Cornwall. Both sought and called Jarvis, but to no avail, so home in Devon, they had to come back without the dog. Along the way they hung ad and responded to one woman called and said that Jarvis had seen on the ferry from Cornwall to Plymouth. No sooner had the hosts hang up as found Jarvis quietly mincing home from the ferry.

Why is this happening?

Marc Bekoff, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Colorado, can not explain this phenomenon: "Pets are never examined for their navigation in space. Another thing - migratory species: birds, turtles, insects. Yes, we do know that they find their way home in the sun, are guided by the magnetic pole of the Earth, and also use olfactory signals. "

Dr. Bradshaw from the University of Cambridge, like other colleagues, suggests that the fact that most dogs find a home the way, due to their kinship with the wolves, and those oriented to the area with the help of magnetic signals. A cat, on the contrary, very good smell a smell, even for many kilometers, and go to him, cutting the distance.

National Geographic and the University of Georgia in 2011 created a new study - Kitty Cams Project, which allows to see the secret life of cats. 55 home favorite of collars fastened to small cameras that filmed the cat and see where she went. In particular, the survey found that some cats live in two houses (as their owners are unaware): in one, they receive food, while in the other, for example, love and affection. In 1954, Germany held a different experience: the cats were placed in a maze with a round located in the outputs it every 15 °. Most cats have chosen a way out, the one closest to home. The only problem - if the maze was set at a distance of more than five miles from home, "accuracy" of cats falling and they began to go to any other outputs.