Pigeons, Rats, Dogs Keep Subway Riders Jumping

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s a jungle down there.

Lately the internet has been agog at the variety of varmints caught popping up on the New York City subway system.

There’s the now famous rat-on-face video, which exploded a few weeks ago.


More recently, another video surfaced of a man on the subway eating spaghetti while sitting with a large, white rat, which we hope is a pet. Be advised: there’s some salty language in the video below.

With much less fanfare, this pigeon was caught hitching a ride on the 6 train almost a year ago.

That bird wasn’t the only one to fly over the turnstile.  This one hopped off at the next stop.

This dog walker apparently had no problem letting his pooch do his business on the 14th street platform. At least he cleaned up after his dog.


As for a different kind of animal, we can’t forget to mention Nicola Briggs’ courageous stand against a man who exposed himself and tried to rub up against her.

All of this got us thinking: what’s with all the animals in the subway? Are you satisfied with the job the MTA is doing keeping the subways free of pests? Sound off in our comments section below.

  • Orson

    I’ve noticed that the pigeons seem to get on and off at specific stops. How do they do this?

  • Mother Hubbard

    Let’s rescue the poor, hungry, abandoned dogs!

  • John Muir

    Not much good to say about the NewYork subway/underground

  • Dr. Doolittle

    Maybe if we kept the moon crickets out of the subway, we wouldn’t have these other problems…..

    They’re a filthy species…..

  • Nick

    Just remove the other ani mals from the subway and you won’t have this rodent problem. Those ani mals from Long Island and Bronx throw garbage all over the place. Send a reporter down into the tunnels and do a poll on the litterbugs. You’ll see where they’re mostly from.

    • Nick

      F’ing politically correct ani mals censors the word ani mals. Because it applies to them all too often?

  • M

    Pigeons have been on subway cars for years. It happens. And the occasional rat as well. We just never had the instant and widespread ability to capture it on film the way we do now.

  • Fred

    With each passing day, the city gets a little worse.

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