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Highly Evolved In Moscow

Susanne Sternthal, a writer in Moscow, has an amazing profile of Moscow's stray dogs in the Financial Times. They're literally a breed apart. Most amazing? They TAKE THE SUBWAY:

Every so often, you would see one waiting on a metro platform. When the train pulled up, the dog would step in, scramble up to lie on a seat or sit on the floor if the carriage was crowded, and then exit a few stops later. There is even a website dedicated to the metro stray ( on which passengers post photos and video clips taken with their mobile phones, documenting the savviest of the pack using the public transport system like any other Muscovite.

Also astounding: the bronze statue to Malchik, one of the strays, paid for by donations. Worth a read, this one. And possibly a movie script.