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Košice Zoo ‘baptises’ four new arrivals

KOŚICE Zoo celebrated World Animal Day on October 4, by ‘baptising’ four young animals. Through this symbolic act, the animals received ‘godparents’ who have now become their patrons. The mayor of Košice, Richard Raši baptised two young penguins and two young Eurasian lynx twins were ‘adopted’ by Vojtech László, a representative of the firm VSE, which also helped transport their mother from the German city of Dortmund. Eva Malešová, of Košice Zoo, told the TASR newswire that this is the first time in 30 years that the zoo, located in the Kavečany borough of Košice, has managed to breed lynx. The Humboldt penguins belong to a rare species, too, although the first Košice-born penguin is already 2 years old.

Keeper Jozef Lenard with the young penguin who was baptosed. (Source: TASR)

KOŚICE Zoo celebrated World Animal Day on October 4, by ‘baptising’ four young animals. Through this symbolic act, the animals received ‘godparents’ who have now become their patrons. The mayor of Košice, Richard Raši baptised two young penguins and two young Eurasian lynx twins were ‘adopted’ by Vojtech László, a representative of the firm VSE, which also helped transport their mother from the German city of Dortmund. Eva Malešová, of Košice Zoo, told the TASR newswire that this is the first time in 30 years that the zoo, located in the Kavečany borough of Košice, has managed to breed lynx. The Humboldt penguins belong to a rare species, too, although the first Košice-born penguin is already 2 years old.

In September, the zoo become the first in Slovakia, and one of very few in the European Union, to install information boards and relief-printed pictures of animals for visually impaired people. The first five information boards were erected at the beginning of September in cooperation with the Slovak Library for the Visually Impaired in Levoča, Olaf Baumann, a representative of the company that made them, RWE IT Slovakia, told the SITA newswire. Both he and the head of Košice Zoo, Eduard Kočner, expressed hope that this step would inspire more zoos – and also other organisations – to make the lives of blind people easier.

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