John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Step aboard and see all the strange animals people bring on their commute, from parrots to rats to snakes.
Obviously, this is one weird habit that isn’t going away. It got me thinking about what other pets people might be stowing onto the city’s public transit. And after poking around a bit, it does seem San Francisco’s public transit system is visited by a variety of bus- and train-riding critters, from chickens to guinea pigs to snakes. Here’s what I was able to find (if you’ve spotted other zoo escapees, please drop a note in the comments). Parrot in a jacket:
Bird not in a jacket:
Bird on muni. Is this a service animal? pic.twitter.com/EKueZLqS4N— Sarah (@sbjinsfo) June 19, 2014
Guy next to me on #muni just pulled a snake out of a jar and started barking. Save me. It's been a great 24 years see you on the other side.— Olivia (@brolivia3) August 14, 2015
To the kid with the damn snake on muni, get the fuck away. Sincerely Lena.— Lena Barrows (@lenabarrows) October 22, 2014
Chickens (this actually might be dinner—the city has facilities that sell live poultry):
When you get on MUNI & an old Asian lady has a live chicken in her purse & you're just like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 🐔— Chloe Condon (@ChloeCondon) September 16, 2015
So I was riding the muni earlier & a live chicken jumped out the plastic bag & started jumping around everywhere.— trap queen (@Thatgirrllauren) October 11, 2013
Cat on a leash:
Today I found out that I have a phobia! Panicked and cried as this man and his pet approached me on muni!!!! 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/XW8TP8A2— haydee calderon (@HaydeeMercedess) February 15, 2013
Er, pet rock: