Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Thailand floods: Residents flee Bangkok with pets in tow

As tens of thousands of Bangkok residents flee the city to escape the worst flooding Thailand has seen in half a century, they are making sure to bring their animal friends along.

A Thai boy carries his dog through floodwaters while leaving a flooded area in Bangkok on Thursday. (Altaf Qadri - AP)
Some residents were seen wading through knee-high water carrying dogs. Others took pets along as they floated on boards or tubs serving as boats. One woman even carried her parrot on her head as she went to the market.

The efforts to save animals lie in stark contrast to the government’s solution to the scores of escaped crocodiles and alligators: A reward of 1,000 baht ($33) to anyone who catches (and often kills) a reptile on the loose.

Below, see photos of Bangkok’s human and animal residents, sticking it out together before the highest tides come Saturday.

A man holds his dog close while waiting to evacuate from a closed airport:

(Athit Perawongmetha - GETTY IMAGES)

Two dogs are being towed by their owners in a makeshift boat:

(Sukree Sukplang - REUTERS)

A boat full of people fleeing a flooded neighborhood has two canine friends along for the ride:

(Paula Bronstein - GETTY IMAGES)

A Thai woman has her pet parrot sit on her head as she goes shopping for dinner at a flooded market:

(Paula Bronstein - GETTY IMAGES)

A dog accompanies several men evacuating on a board serving as a vessel:

(Paula Bronstein - GETTY IMAGES)

A woman pets her dog at her flooded apartment near the Chao Phraya river:

(Paula Bronstein - GETTY IMAGES)

A man holds a bag of grains as he feeds fish and pigeons as waters rise on the Chao Phraya:

(Daniel Berehulak - GETTY IMAGES)

A dog hangs out in the water, looking over a fence in a flooded area in Bangkok:

(Aaron Favila - AP)

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