Russian prosecutors oppose closing embezzlement case against opposition activist NavalnyRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 05, 10:53
Jailed Russian activist Dadin convoyed to another regionRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 05, 10:36
Russia may start wheat exports to Venezuela in early 2017Business & Economy December 05, 10:05
Van der Bellen wins Austrian presidential electionWorld December 05, 8:33
FINA names Russians Romashina, Ishchenko best athletes in synchro in 2016Sport December 05, 7:55
Japanese, Russian foreign ministers hold detailed discussion on peace treatyWorld December 05, 7:52
Italian PM Matteo Renzi announces his intention to resignWorld December 05, 4:37
Media: Moscow not seen as possible host of Eurovision 2017 song contestSociety & Culture December 04, 22:22
Et-Tell in Damascus province fully controlled by Syrian governmentWorld December 04, 21:46
VLADIVOSTOK, September 2. /TASS/. Five more animals - four bears and a lion - have been evacuated from the flood-stricken zoo in Ussuriysk, in Russia’s Far East, the local emergencies ministry said on Wednesday.
"As of 10.00 a.m. local time [midnight GMT] a helicopter evacuated from the zoo one cage with three bears, and a little bear cub is being transported in a car," a spokesperson said.
Late on Tuesday, a lion’s cage was airlifted to safety from the animal park. A local city council official told TASS: "The lion, called Grey, had been the bravest one. That's why we chose him for the first flight."
The remaining 19 animals are due to be evacuated later on Wednesday.
The water level receded significantly overnight and there is now no water in the cages.
A doctor taking part in the rescue effort said all the animals are provided with the necessary medical assistance. "A veterinarian monitors their health regularly, and the animals are given food and could have a rest at night," Irina Korotkova said.
The cages with animals are expected to be placed on a specially protected ground.
Green Island animal park in Ussuriysk, flooded by heavy rain on August 30, was home to 39 animals, the smallest of the zoo's inhabitants evacuated first by police. Two criminal cases have been launched into alleged cruelty to animals. No information is available as to how many animals may have perished.
Early on September 1, the evacuation effort for the remaining animals began. The operation was suspended for a while as vets said the animals needed rest. The creatures were given food, medicines and glucose.