TIL that in Moscow, packs of stray dogs will sometimes send out a smaller, cuter member to beg for food, apparently realising it will be more successful than its bigger, less attractive counterparts

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I got mugged by hood squirrels with that same trick.

UltimaCaitSith

The monkeys in India do the same thing. They also will send a baby into the hostel room to steal things because they can fit thru the bars on the windows, and then divvy up the spoils to the troupe. I couldn’t figure out why there were bars on the 4th floor window until I saw a little monkey face looking back at me one morning.

antoindotnet

There are 2 just as interesting parts of this article 1. Stray dogs use the subway *on their own* And secondly… “Moscow’s subway strays even have their own statue in the Mendeleyevskaya station. It commemorates Malchik, a stray who lived there until he was stabbed by a fashion model in 2002 who didn’t like how Malchik barked at her terrier.” *what the fuck?*

SNScaidus

It’s not like the bigger dogs are using the ‘cuter’ ones just to beg. The ‘cuter’ ones are often high ranking pack members. They’re not just following the biggest and strongest anymore, they’re following the smartest because that’s more important for their survival. It’s just following evolutionary pressure. Which is why they’ve evolved to navigate the subway system and know to go to crosswalks and wait for the signal instead of just sprinting across the street randomly.

abe_froman_skc

It commemorates Malchik, a stray who lived there until he was stabbed by a fashion model in 2002 who didn’t like how Malchik barked at her terrier. … what the fuck.

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