A new elephant house was open in the Moscow Zoo. The four-storey building has all conditions for keeping and showing the animals: heated enclosures with the total area of 650 square metres, summer open-air cages (1,500 squares metres) with a big swimming-pool. The new pavilion will be also comfortable for visitors. A two-level show room was equipped for them.
Moscow elephants had to spend the last years in temporary closed cages because of the absence of a normal house. Three African elephants are still staying there but three Indian elephants (two females and one male) have already moved to the new house.
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov came to congratulate the largest pets of the Moscow Zoo on the new house. He handed over the keys of the new cages to the zoo director and advised him to invent something to make elephants produce posterity.
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