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Elephants Saved By Siberian Vodka

Russian Vodka Saves Frostbitten Elephants In Siberiai
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December 15, 2012
Two circus elephants -- Jenny and Magda -- were being transported across Siberia when their trailer caught fire on the road. The elephants escaped unharmed, but were then exposed to temperatures of minus 41 degrees Celsius. When it became clear that walking them around in circles was failing to help them withstand the cold, quick-thinking circus workers ran to a local shop to buy a couple cases of vodka, which they mixed with buckets of warm water. The elephants happily lapped up the concoction on the side of the road, and emerged the next day from sleeping in a local school's gym with nothing worse than a bit of frostbite. (Reuters video)

WATCH: Russian vodka saves frostbitten elephants in Siberia.

Two circus elephants were being transported across Siberia when their trailer caught fire on the road. The elephants escaped unharmed, but were then exposed to temperatures of minus 41 degrees Celsius.

As "The Siberian Times" reports, the quick-thinking circus workers ran to a local shop to buy a couple cases of vodka, which they mixed with buckets of warm water.

The elephants happily lapped up the concoction on the side of the road, and emerged the next day from sleeping in a local school's gym with nothing worse than a bit of frostbite on the tips of their ears, according to a veterinarian from the area.

The elephants, Jenny and Magda, both in their late 40s, are part of a Polish circus that was working its way back from Japan via Russia. They were on the way from Novosibirsk to Omsk when the heating system in their trailer started a fire.

Novosibirsk Zoo Director Rostislav Shilo said the alcohol saved the elephants from frostbite and pneumonia without harming or even intoxicating them.

One local man said: "We thought the circus workers decided to get drunk. We could understand them: to lose your performers on the road and almost get burned alive -- you know, it's hard to take.

"Then we realized that the two boxes of vodka were for the elephants."

-- Dan Wisniewski
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 15, 2012 18:19
Wow, news of the century: while the people in the EU and NATO member-state GREECE are freezing this Winter in their appartments, because - thanks to Frau Merkel - they can not afford paying for heating any more, the Radio "free" EUROPE is entertaining us with stories about elephants and vodka. Putin has to send some of this vodka to Europe - hopefully it will be cheaper than gas and the Europeans will still be able to afford it not to get cold in these Winter months!
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
December 16, 2012 17:10
Aaah,if the vodka could do the same for Eugenia,Jack and Vakhtang-to save their miserable souls from frostbite when hell freezes over after their arrival in the fiery furnace!!!Alas,we all know they got no souls,but anyway we`ll send `em a truckload of soviet fire-water because we wont need it after 21 11 2012 !!!
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
December 17, 2012 02:31
I remind you, Mr. Wisniewski also, that vodka is not only Good, but Evil..
A good example is camel, who due to excessive consumption of vodka(it is possible that he drank eau de cologne), left his cave in Kurdistan and now floating on the waves of Radio Liberty in a state of delirium tremens.
Could you ask the management of the circus so they took camel as a new friend for Elephants.
It will be good circus show -"FOR THE THREE" ....

by: Mamuka
December 16, 2012 21:36
Thank goodness the elephants got real vodka and not some kind of poddelka-samogon (aka "Moonshine") which is so popular in Russia this time of year.

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