Elephants return to Fukushima after spending winter in Okinawa
March 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
On March 17, two elephants that spent the winter season at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City went back to Fukushima.
A farewell party for them was held on March 15 at the zoo.
The two Asian elephants, Tonsai and Boonthong, came to Okinawa in December from the Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima. Nobushige Kumakubo, president of the Tohoku Safari Park, said, “We want to continue a family relationship between Okinawa and Fukushima through the elephant support project.”
During their stay for three and half a months in Okinawa, the elephants lived healthily. They had a big appetite and ate sugar cane willingly. Genwa Higa, the curator of the Okinawa Zoo and Museum, said, “We thank them for their many interactions with children in Okinawa.”
Children enjoyed their last elephant ride at the party. They gave cakes to Tonsai and Boonthong, and said in unison to the elephants, “Come back soon!”
(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)
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