The animals in the Leningrad Zoo are spending the New Year holidays in self-isolation as the Zoo is locked down during this period. Saint-Petersburg TV Channel’s Vadim Fedoseyev found out whether they miss people.
Vadim Fedoseyev, reporter, tells: ‘Different animals react differently to the absence of people in the Zoo. Some miss the audience’s attention, while others are happy without it.’
Sakhae the cow does need attention. She showed interest in our team immediately. The 14-year-old animal was brought to St. Petersburg from Yakutia.
The zoo attendants say, the cow is very friendly, but selective, you ought to prove she can trust you.
Yelena Demidova, Zoo attendant, tells: ‘She can be naughty, when she was younger, she would open the wicket with her horns.’
The polar bears are also glad to have visitors, the birds are active as always, while the fish and reptiles seem absolutely indifferent about what is going on around them. The crocodile did not pay any attention to us.
Olga Volkova, Chief zootechnician, agrees: ‘I don’t think it is unhappy about the absence of visitors, though it may dislike crowds, when people start tapping on the glass.’
The apes and monkeys seem to be missing people the most.
Olga Volkova explains: ‘They are longing for someone to entertain them. People think that watching monkeys is fun, and monkeys think that watching people is fun.’
Although there are no changes in the Zoo except that there are no visitors, most of its inhabitants are looking forward for the pandemic to be over.
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel