In January 2012, a subway rat went for an crazy ride running down the up escalator at the Civic Center BART station in San Francisco. The adventure was caught on video by Berkeley resident Jonathan Beiller, who also tried to help the rat off the escalator.
I offered the rat a book as a bridge, alas the rat was disinterested. I suspect that the rat was playing (note the ease with which the rat sprints forward three steps near the end of the video).
While this is quite the obvious metaphor for life’s frustrations, the hope is that the rat was indeed playing and he eventually made it off the escalator in one piece.
video by Jonathan Beiller