Mass Transit: Not Just for People Anymore
Now, something a bit lighter than thermonuclear weapons... I just stumbled on a story in The Sun (so take it with a grain of salt) about wild dogs that take the train to commute from the city to the suburb in Russia. They apparently scavenge and beg in the city during the day, and go back to the suburbs to sleep at 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." Goes to show that mass transit doesn't just benefit humans! Read on for more on this story.The Sun writes:
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."
Via The Sun
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