Video: Baikonur, We Have A Problem

Yuri Gagarin made history when he blasted off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome in 1961 and became the first human being to enter space and orbit Earth. Fifty-one years later, a cameraman "inexplicably left his camera rolling near a functional launchpad" and happened to point his lens in the direction of what turns out to be a gopher's burrow.

As the above video makes clear, our furry friend did not shy away from investigating (and chewing on) surveillance devices and is apparently impervious to the proximate peril of living under an operative launchpad... and the possibility of being carbonized by 526,000 gallons worth of flaming rocket propellant at 6,000 degrees Farenheit (3315.5 °C). The Baikonur gopher may give the infamous honey badger a run for his devil-may-care money.

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Sherley Wetherhold is an Asia Blog contributor. A New York City native, she has spent much of her life in Asia Pacific and has a predilection for mutton kebabs and a good pot of tea.