A Russian zoo is renting out reindeer, foxes and huskies to native folks to boost their Christmas and New 12 months celebrations.
Royev Ruchei within the Siberian metropolis of Krasnoyarsk is without doubt one of the greatest zoos in Russia, and its new Animals at Residence service means “some zoo residents could be introduced alongside for photograph alternatives or youngsters’s events, wherever within the metropolis,” native Channel 7 TV studies.
The zoo says the reindeer are in significantly excessive demand, and are most frequently loaned out to accompany Grandfather Frost – Russia’s reply to Santa – on his visits to youngsters. Krasnoyarsk freezes laborious presently of 12 months, so a snowy background is just about assured.
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All of the animals are specifically ready for his or her outings, and there’s no threat to the general public, the zoo insists.
“An skilled zookeeper acquainted with the animals in query, and who is aware of the best way to deal with them, at all times comes alongside. The keepers additionally know the best way to handle the viewers, too,” spokeswoman Yekaterina Mikhailova instructed Channel 7.
Solely reindeer can be found for house visits – assuming the hosts have the room – as they’re accustomed to being round folks.
Not the entire reindeer have antlers in the intervening time, so the handlers at all times make certain to choose reindeer that do in the case of photograph shoots.
“And if young children are concerned, we go for the calmest deer,” Ms Mikhailova assured viewers.
Reporting by Jen Monaghan and Martin Morgan
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