Kyiv mayor sacks zoo chief for failing to find mate for elephant

11:16, 29 January 2009
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"He is 30 years old and has no wife, although he is good-looking..."

The mayor of Ukraine`s capital Kyiv said he sacked the head of the city`s zoo after he failed to find a "wife" for a male elephant, Ukrainian media reported on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported.

Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky said he sponsored the elephant through Kyiv zoo`s sponsorship program, and his deputies are also involved in the project.

"Today... I remembered that I feed the elephant 100,000 hryvnas ($13,000) per quarter or per month - I don`t remember exactly," he was quoted as saying by Ukraine`s UNIAN news agency.

"He eats a lot," Chernovetsky went on. "He is single and needs a wife - he is 30 years old and has no wife, although he is good-looking, even handsome."

The mayor, notorious for his extravagant initiatives, recently raised the idea of establishing a pet cemetery to be managed by the Kyiv Zoo.

"If you want to bury your pet frog, [you should] order a headstone [for it]. We will engrave it and charge $1,000, just to let the frog know that it was born for a reason," he said.

Besides, according to the Mayor, they plan to sell matryoshkas in the zoo. "They have already thought out matryoshkas: with Yushchenko, and with beautiful woman Yulia Volodymirivna".

According to L.Chernovetskiy, all these plans will help attract money to the zoo. 

UNIAN, RIA Novosti

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