Believe It or Not!
This story just ended up in my email and it definitely makes me want to go home and hug a puppy. In Moscow, stray dogs are commuting on the underground in search of food. The pups board the subway every morning and after a day of foraging for food, they get back on the train and return to the suburbs.
Experts studying the dogs say they even work together to make sure they get off at the right stop after learning to judge the length of time they need to spend on the train… The dogs choose the quietest carriages at the front and back of the train. They have also developed tactics to hustle humans into giving them more food on the streets of Moscow . Scientists believe the phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s and Russia’s new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city centre to the suburbs. Dr. Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said: These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for food is in the city centre, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway to get to the centre in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people.