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Photo of the Day: Dog co-pilot spotted in central Taiwan

Foreign man spots Taiwanese dog sporting goggles, riding on back of scooter

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(Diego Gonzalez photo)

(Diego Gonzalez photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Nicaraguan businessman captured this classic scene of a dog riding on the back of a scooter in central Taiwan on Friday (Feb. 5).

The photographer, Diego Gonzalez (Instagram @dgmcol), 32, said that he spotted the scene at around 1 p.m. on Friday at a red light in Taichung's East District. Gonzalez said he had been riding a scooter at the time and that his girlfriend, who was sitting on the back, had helped capture the moment.

Gonzalez, who works in international business, said he believes that the dog, which boasts goggles and a brindle coat, is a Taiwan dog (台灣犬), also known as a Formosan mountain dog. The scooter was identified as a Taiwan-made KYMCO.

Gonzalez posted the photo to the social media site Reddit, where it quickly received 436 upvotes. Although the caption states "Only in Taiwan," a netizen pointed out that it is also a common sight across Southeast Asia, where dogs are essentially the "co-pilot."

Many netizens marveled at the dog's balance but worried for his safety in the event of an accident. Others argued whether the lack of law enforcement for such behavior is a sign of Taiwan still going through growing pains.

Photo of the Day: Dog co-pilot spotted in central Taiwan
(Diego Gonzalez photo)

Photo of the Day: Dog co-pilot spotted in central Taiwan
(Diego Gonzalez photo)

Photo of the Day: Dog co-pilot spotted in central Taiwan
(Diego Gonzalez photo)

Photo of the Day: Dog co-pilot spotted in central Taiwan
(Diego Gonzalez photo)


Updated : 2021-03-04 08:24 GMT+08:00