Russian Anti-Freeze For Pachyderms
- From: lorad474@xxxxxx
- Date: 16 Jan 2006 09:37:42 -0800
Iz feel bed? Drink!
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Iz hopeless, for educational purposes:
"Moscow Circus Elephants Drink Vodka to Keep Warm
The Moscow Circus has resorted to vodka - plenty of it - to keep
two Indian elephants warm while they perform in chilly Mongolia, local
media and organizers said.
As the circus prepared for a week-long program in Mongolia's capital
Ulan Bator, they faced an awkward problem -- how to keep the two
tropical animals happy in one of the world's coldest environments.
They found a very Russian solution, AFP reported.
"When the elephants arrived, we gave them three liters of vodka each
to keep warm," a Mongolian organizer told AFP on Sunday.
The mercury in Mongolia regularly falls to minus 30 degrees Celsius
(minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower during the winter months.
Last time the Moscow Circus was in Ulan Bator was over 25 years ago,
when Russia was still the center of the mighty Soviet Union, and
Mongolia was its obedient satellite, according to the Ulan Bator Post,
a weekly newspaper.
The elephants, transported by truck from Russia, have posed major
logistical problems for the organizers, the paper said.
Mongolia's State Circus, which provides the venue for the twice-daily
shows, did not have a pen big enough for the elephants, and instead its
horse pens had to be altered into make-shift elephant accommodation.
The elephants also have to be fed 50 kilograms of vegetables, 30
kilograms of fruit and 20 kilograms of bread and honey every day,
running up a giant food bill footed by Mongol Gazar Savings and Loan."
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