Moscow has as many as 35,000 stray dogs within the city limits. Many of them have figured out that the fastest way to get around the city is to hop on a subway train. The streets can be tough for the dogs, so the dogs figured out that they’re safer using the subway. Also, unlike domesticated dogs, the strays can navigate their way through crowded subway stations without being distracted by all the people and noise.
The stray dogs have also been caught employing a lot of clever tactics for survival. They obey traffic lights. They send cuter dogs to beg for food for the dog packs. They sneak up on people who are eating and bark really loud to try to get them to drop their food. The stray dogs have become such a part of a popular culture that there’s even a statue of a stray dog named Malchik at Mendeleyevskaya station. You could say this city has really gone to the dogs.
Read more about Moscow's stray dogs in this ABC article.
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