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Myanmar elephants find new home in Pudong

A young pair of elephants from Myanmar arrived at their new home in the Shanghai Wildlife Park in Pudong District this morning.

It was the first time for the park to import elephants from abroad as its four home-grown elephants are in their middle and senior age. As an exchange, the park will send four sea lions to Myanmar.

The two Asiatic elephants, a male and a female aged seven and eight, were fed with bananas, grass, apples and sugarcanes by their new keepers and they appeared in good spirit after traveling more than 3,000 kilometers.

They are nearly two meters tall and weigh more than one ton each.

"Their first lesson here is to learn to understand Chinese instructions and make friends with their Chinese keepers," said Fei Zhenxuan, the park's deputy general manager.

The park is now seeking Chinese names for the two elephants who need to live in quarantine for one month.

Asiatic elephants are the largest land animals in Asia. They have been put on the list of endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


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