Stray dogs are commuting to and from a city center on underground trains
in search of food scraps.
The clever canines board the Tube each
morning. After a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop
back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night.
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 mutts choose the quietest carriages at the front
and back of the train.
Dr. Poiarkov told how the dogs like to play during their daily commute. He said: "They jump on the train seconds before the doors shut, risking their tails getting jammed. They do it for fun. And sometimes they fall asleep and get off at the wrong stop."
The dogs have learned to use traffic lights to cross the road safely,
said Dr Poiarkov. And they use cunning tactics to obtain tasty morsels of
shawarma, a kebab-like snack popular in Moscow . They sneak up behind people
eating shawarmas - then bark loudly to shock them into dropping their food.
With children the dogs "play cute" by putting their heads on youngsters'
knees and staring pleadingly into their eyes to win sympathy - and scraps.
Dr Poiarkov added: "Dogs are surprisingly good psychologists."