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Stray dogs on Moscow subways; a commuting cat in Great Britian; and a fox on the Tube in London

Update (1:33 p.m.): And know we've run across a report from the BBC of a commuting fox spotted last year in the London Underground. The BBC also had more on Casper the commuting cat we mentioned previously.

Update (Noon): And from Great Britain comes this report about the death of a "commuting cat" named Casper.

Original post: Every once in a while, we run across a fascinating story at Get There central that we have to share with our community of travelers. The latest such report comes in from Moscow and its subway system, by way of a story written by Susanne Sternthal for the Financial Times.

Sternthal's article dicusses the place of stray dogs in Russian culture and on the streets of Moscow. Apparently, they aren't confined there, though.

From her article comes this gem:

"Every so often, you would see [a stray dog] 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 are even photos of dogs on subway trains, sleeping and looking for handouts. The story even points to a Web site devoted to photos of dogs on subway trains.

We see birds in Washington's underground subway and a colleague recently talked about a raccoon that seemed to be waiting at a fare machine at Fort Totten. But stray dogs are a new one. What animals have you seen in Washington's subway system? And service animals don't count. Tell us all about it in the comments below this post or in our discussion forum Taken for a Ride.

By Michael Bolden  |  January 25, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
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Birds, a few mice. That's really about it. Critters don't seem to be a huge problem, probably becuase there isn't much food down there.

Posted by: EricS2 | January 25, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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