Illinois Dog Has a Strange Hobby–Rescuing Earthworms
When you think of a “rescue dog,” you probably have an image in your head of a family adopting a new family pet from a local shelter or care organization. Holliday, a female German Shepherd-Border Collie mix from East St. Louis, is a rescuer, not a rescuee.
Holliday’s owner, an unnamed woman in East St. Louis, posted some video of her a couple of days back. The video, recorded amid sunny weather in East St. Louis, shows Holliday gently picking up earthworms from the hot asphalt with her mouth and placing them in the grass.
“On walks, she will run around the neighborhood and look for stray earthworms and bugs to save,” Holliday’s owner wrote. “She will spot the worms far in advance, and run over as fast as she can to save them. Sometimes, she even tries to save the dried, dead ones. “She was never taught this behavior, although when she was a puppy, my mom would take the earth worms from the road and throw them in the grass,” the woman wrote. “The only way I can think that Holliday learned this behavior, is from watching my mom when we come home for the weekends. Holliday has been doing this for about a year and a half now.”
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