Cartoon Tuesday: Stray Dogs Taking Moscow Metro

8_25_09_russian_dogs.jpgIf stray Russian dogs can learn to ride the train…Photo:EnglishRussia.com

While reading the news magazine "The Week" this weekend, I noticed a small story about how stray dogs in Russia are starting to ride the Moscow Metro to get to their work.  In the morning, the dogs ride into Moscow’s down town where they spend the day scavenging for food among Moscow’s business elite.  At the end of the day they get back on the train and ride back "home."

Among some more amazing skill those Moscow dogs are the ability not to
miss their stop while going on the subway train. Biologists say dogs
have very nice sense of time which helps them not to miss their
destination. Another skill they have is to cross the road on the green
traffic light. “They don’t react on color, but on the picture they see
on the traffic light”, Moscow scientist tells. Also they choose often
the last or the first metro car – those are less crowded usually.

It kind of puts the argument that Angelenos can’t learn to ride transit into perspective, doesn’t it?

  • Erik G.

    I bet it helps that Moscow Metro runs trains on 90 second headways. Sometimes even more frequent than that!

  • David Galvan

    Those dogs should have watched the housing market so they could live closer to where they work. Tsk, tsk.

  • “Also they choose often the last or the first metro car – those are less crowded usually.”

    So I am at least as smart as a dog. Awesome.

  • Holy moly. This is the coolest thing ever.

  • See even dogs prefer subways.

  • @Damien

    “See even dogs prefer subways.”

    *facepalm*

  • @Damien, too

    The claim that “dogs prefer subways” is not supported by the story, which makes no mention of other modes of transportation and dogs’ opinions thereof.

    A VALID conclusion to draw from this is that “even dogs know how to follow traffic lights and therefore know how not to get hit by at-grade vehicles…”

  • Very Cute Pic

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