A worker’s carelessness on Monday gave a group of crabs their golden opportunity to escape from their fate, and they took full advantage, only to have their efforts foiled by helpful residents.
Tencent has the details of the break. It happened in the early morning in a bustling neighborhood in Nanjing. A worker at a seafood shop left the front door ajar. This carelessness is just what the dose of condemned crabs had been waiting for and they scuttled into action. They worked together to form a tower, so some could push off the loose lid of their prison, and then dozens of crustaceans crab-walked their way across the floor, out the front door, and into freedom.
The escape occurred just as residents were gathering for their morning exercises. One man happened upon the scene of dozens of crabs fleeing for their lives and sounded the alarm, “Crabs are escaping! Crabs are escaping!” Reinforcements soon arrived and the residents were soon able to round up most of the escapees and give them back to the very grateful worker.
Later, the boss of the shop checked his inventory and found that the vast majority of the crabs had been returned. But that means some of these little guys made their way to freedom. We hope that the lucky few will end up more like this; instead of like this.
Check out the picture of the carnage. This is sure to inspire the next summer blockbuster—Planet of the Crabs:
by Alex Linder
[Images via flickr & Tencent]