Two elephants from Fukushima return to Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Two elephants from Fukushima return to Okinawa Zoo and Museum

In Goya, Okinawa City, on December 16, Asian elephants Tonsai (left) and Boonthong visiting Okinawa Zoo and Museum to spend the winter season.


December 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, Tonsai and Boonthong, Asian elephants from Tohoku Safari Park in Fukushima Prefecture, were showcased at Okinawa Zoo and Museum. They became Okinawa-Fukushima Friendship Elephants last year and came to Okinawa to spend the winter season.

The two elephants will interact with children through elephant rides and tug-of-war and will go back to Fukushima mid-March next year.

Tonsai and Boonthong left Fukushima on December 8 and arrived in Okinawa on December 13. They are full of energy and took a walk with children on their backs right after their arrival at the zoo.

Elephant keeper Toshiki Kagaya, who came with the two elephants from Tohoku Safari Park, said, “Since the two elephants arrived in Okinawa, they eat well and are happy to eat sugar canes. I want them to interact with children through elephant rides and feeding too.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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