In Moscow stray dogs have learnt to use the underground
Some stray dogs in Moscow have learnt to navigate the transport system. They mimick human behaviour, hopping on and off trains and seem to know which stops are more likely to result in finding food or friendly people. Some have also suggested that they recognise the name of the stop on the tannoy just like your dog recognises “walkies” or “vet”.
There are about 35,000 stray dogs in the Russian capital and with so many competing against each other it’s survival of the smartest. Apart from commuting, some dogs have also learnt the “bark-and-grab” technique, where they stand behind someone tucking into a burger and bark loudly to surprise them so that they drop their food.
The Moscovians love their strays and even have a statue (pictured) at one station in commemoration of Malchik (Russian for boy), a dog beloved by many commuters.