Sunday, January 22, 2006

What Do You Do With a Drunken Elephant?

Drunk Elephant Wreaks Havoc in Chilly Russian Circus
Created: 20.01.2006 11:59 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 11:59 MSK
A Russian circus resorted to giant vodka cocktails in an attempt to protect performing elephants from extreme cold. One of the animals got so drunk it nearly destroyed the circus, the AFP reported Friday.
The clear liquor was added to the animals’ water buckets as they began to feel the chill of temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit), trainer Andrei Kornilov said.
“This is crisis weather for our animals. It is a climactic shock. We are warming them up with alcohol,” he said at the Around the World circus in the city of Yaroslavl, 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Moscow.
The tipple comprising a bottle of Russia’s national drink stirred into a bucket of iced water had a rapid and sometimes unpredictable effect, he said.
“Yesterday we gave one of the elephants a bucket and the circus lost its heater —- the elephant just tore it off.”
Zookeepers took a similar approach in the town of Lipetsk, south of Moscow, keeping macaque monkeys warm with sweet wine taken three times per day.

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