In Moscow, packs of stray dogs will sometimes send out a smaller, cuter member to beg for food, apparently realising it will be more successful than its bigger, less attractive counterparts

Stray Dogs Master Complex Moscow Subway System

Moscow’s Stray Dogs Master Using the Subways

MOSCOW, March 19, 2010— — Every so often, if you ride Moscow’s crowded subways, you notice that the commuters around you include a dog – a stray dog, on its own, just using the handy underground Metro to beat the traffic and get from A to B.

Yes, some of Moscow’s stray dogs have figured out how to use the city’s immense and complex subway system, getting on and off at their regular stops. The human commuters around them are so accustomed to it that they rarely seem to notice.

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14 thoughts on “In Moscow, packs of stray dogs will sometimes send out a smaller, cuter member to beg for food, apparently realising it will be more successful than its bigger, less attractive counterparts”

  1. UltimaCaitSith

    I got mugged by hood squirrels with that same trick.

  2. Mofiremofire

    The coyotes where I live send their pups to play with dogs then the pup lures them into the woods to be ambushed.

  3. abe_froman_skc

    It’s not like the bigger dogs are using the ‘cuter’ ones just to beg.

    The ‘cuter’ ones are often high ranking pack members.

    They’re not just following the biggest and strongest anymore, they’re following the smartest because that’s more important for their survival. It’s just following evolutionary pressure.

    Which is why they’ve evolved to navigate the subway system and know to go to crosswalks and wait for the signal instead of just sprinting across the street randomly.

  4. antoindotnet

    The monkeys in India do the same thing. They also will send a baby into the hostel room to steal things because they can fit thru the bars on the windows, and then divvy up the spoils to the troupe. I couldn’t figure out why there were bars on the 4th floor window until I saw a little monkey face looking back at me one morning.

  5. youzerVT71

    They also use the subway to get around town

  6. clock-block

    The same approach is true for girls bumming cigarettes at bars

  7. Shpritzer

    That’s how they evolved from wolves in the first place.

  8. Archercrash

    Yes but does it bring the food back to the others?

  9. GhettoChemist

    Never knew Moscow had packs of stray dogs wandering about. I live in NYC, no packs of strays around here.

  10. tran_knees

    first thing that came to mind was the Chechen in The Dark Knight yelling MAI. DOGGS. ARE. HONG. GREE.

  11. cjmonk27

    Anyone else remember when the olympics were in Russia and the world was shocked by their stray dog population, and then after the olympics no one ever mentioned it again? Pepperidge Farms remembers.

  12. Warp-n-weft

    I moved to the countryside and one of the first lessons I learned is that the mountain dogs are crafty.

    Driving to the gas station (half an hour away) I saw a cute little dog hanging on the side of the road. Looked like a pug/weenier dog mix. My animal loving city slicker self thought he must be lost…. so I slowed to a stop, rolled down my window, and said “hey buddy, you lost?” At which point this little stinker barked and, like velociraptors, it’s friends charged out of the bushes. My SO looked at me wide eyed and yelled “GO!”

    From then on we warned visitors about the packs of feral dogs, and were cautious about slowing for animals on the roads, especially on the velociraptor turn.

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