In the bombarding city of London officials suspect that 5 million passengers using London Underground every day and some 500,000 mice calls the tunnels and terminals below London their home. They flock there for warmth, shelter and the feast of scraps that human commuters drop near the tracks every day.
Sam Rowley, a UK based photographers photo “station squabble,” which shows two mice grappling over a crumb of food on a subway platform has won the people’s choice award for the London Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
To get the dramatic shot, Rowley visited several different subway platforms every night for a week, literally lying flat on the floor with his camera to meet any scavenging mice at their level. The encounter captured in this photo lasted only a split-second before one mouse snatched the crumb from its rival’s paws and scurried off, Rowley said in a statement. But in that second, an epic dance unfolded. “Sam’s image provides a fascinating glimpse into how wildlife functions in a human-dominated environment,” Sir Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum in London, said.