North Korea puts Yorkshire Terriers in zoo
A zoo in North Korea has reportedly welcomed its newest animal attraction - a pack of Yorkshire Terriers.
The miniature dogs have been introduced to Central Zoo in the capital Pyongyang, according to state media.
Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said the dogs are now learning "several feats", although it did not elaborate on the type of tricks they might perform.
North Koreans not familiar with 'Yorkies', which were bred in Yorkshire to catch rats and mice by scuttling around clothing mills, were given a helpful guide to the pint-sized pet.
"Each one has long hair - tan on its head and legs and blue grey on its body," KCNA reported.
"It is 22-24cm tall and weighs 2.5-3.5kg. It lives about 14 years on an average."
A picture released by KCNA appeared to show three Yorkshire Terriers in seemingly good condition.
However, Central Zoo was previously condemned by travel publication Lonely Planet, whose website claims most of the animals kept there "look pretty forlorn".
"Worst off are the big cats, nearly all gifts of long-dead communist big wigs around the world - the wonderful lions, tigers and leopards are kept in woefully inadequate compounds, and many have lost the plot as a result," it says.
"The zoo's two elephants and its hippo all look exceptionally lacklustre as well."
Footage uploaded to YouTube in December 2012 by documentary maker Alun Hill appeared to show bears and elephants trudging around largely concrete enclosures, and tigers staring at visitors from behind bars.
According to the video, the zoo houses more than 6,000 animals of about 650 different species in 60 animal shed and aquariums.
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