Unlucky Laika, who’s name translates as ‘barker’Â was aÂ femaleÂ stray, recruited from the streets of Moscow. 50 years agoÂ she was sent hurtling into space in a half ton Sputnik II. The missions scientists knew that Laika didn’t stand much of a chance of survival.
This weekend a bronze of Laika hasÂ apparently beenÂ unveiled in Moscow to commemorate the anniversary.
Perhaps a more appropriate gesture would be a safe place for Moscow strays to go, where theyÂ could beÂ cared for andÂ kept safely away fromÂ strange menÂ that pick up stray dogs….