Russian scientists say that Moscow stray dogs became much smarter. The four legged oldesthuman’s friends demonstrate real smartness such as riding the Moscow metro every morning to get fromtheir suburban places of living to the fat regions of Moscow center. Once they arrive to the downtown theydemonstrate different new, previously unseen for the dog skills. Those skills can include “the hunt forshawarma” for example, the popular among Muscovites eastern cuisine dish. This hunt scene can be seenas this:
Regular Moscow busy street with some small food kiosks. A middle-aged man buys himself a pieceof hot fast food and walks aside chewing it without a rush. Then just in a second he jumps up frightened –some doggy has sneaked up on him and barked out loudly. His tasty snack falls out from his hands downto the ground and the dog gets it. Just ten minutes later, on the same place, the teen youngster loses hisdinner in exactly the same manner. The modern Russian dogs are on their urban hunt.
“This method of ambushing people from their back is widely exercised by Moscow dogs”, saying A.Poiarkov, working in Ecology and Evolution Institute of Moscow. “The main point here is to define whowould drop the food scared and who won’t, but the dogs are great psychologists they can do it better than us”.
Moscow ecologists think that dogs started acquiring this habits in 1990s, when the Soviet unioncollapsed and Moscow has fell into the hands of new class of Russian capitalists. They understood the truevalue of the downtown realty underestimated by previous Communist owners and became removing allthe industrial complexes Moscow had in its centre to its outskirts. Those places were used by homelessdogs as a shelter often, so the dogs had to move together with their houses, so they had to learn how totravel Moscow subway – first to get to the centre in the morning then back home in the evening, just asus people.The commercial revolution of Moscow made their usual feeding places like trash bins out of directreach, so they had to get to know new ways of getting their piece of food. That’s how appeared those “Shawarma hunts”. Sometimes though they use more gentle methods. Young girl sits on the bench to eat