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2014 Olympic Games: Mascots in Moscow Zoo

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The animals elected to be mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (the leopard, polar bear and rabbit) are among the oldest species inhabiting the Moscow Zoo. Now they are even more popular with visitors.

The animals elected to be mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (the leopard, polar bear and rabbit) are among the oldest species inhabiting the Moscow Zoo. Now they are even more popular with visitors.

© RIA Novosti . Ruslan KrivobokThe animals elected to be mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (the leopard, polar bear and rabbit) are among the oldest species inhabiting the Moscow Zoo. Now they are even more popular with visitors.
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The animals elected to be mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (the leopard, polar bear and rabbit) are among the oldest species inhabiting the Moscow Zoo. Now they are even more popular with visitors.
© RIA Novosti . Ruslan KrivobokThere is only one leopard in the Moscow Zoo: an Amur Leopard that lives in a single open-air enclosure with a double-level wooden construction, where it usually hides.
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There is only one leopard in the Moscow Zoo: an Amur Leopard that lives in a single open-air enclosure with a double-level wooden construction, where it usually hides.
© RIA Novosti . Ruslan KrivobokZoo staff are ask visitors not to confuse the leopard with its snow leopard neighbors which live in an adjacent enclosure.
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Zoo staff are ask visitors not to confuse the leopard with its snow leopard neighbors which live in an adjacent enclosure.
© RIA Novosti . Ruslan Krivobok / Go to the photo bankBecause they look so similar, some visitors often miss the enclosure housing the actual inspiration for the Olympic mascot.
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Because they look so similar, some visitors often miss the enclosure housing the actual inspiration for the Olympic mascot.
© RIA Novosti . Ruslan Krivobok / Go to the photo bankThe polar bear is a big favorite with visitors. After two cubs were born last year, there is now a whole family of polar bears in this open-air enclosure.
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The polar bear is a big favorite with visitors. After two cubs were born last year, there is now a whole family of polar bears in this open-air enclosure.
© RIA Novosti . Ruslan KrivobokA Moscow Zoo staff member told RIA Novosti that the cubs had recently been transferred to another zoo and that visitors can only see the adult bears, two males and two females who share the enclosure at the moment.
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A Moscow Zoo staff member told RIA Novosti that the cubs had recently been transferred to another zoo and that visitors can only see the adult bears, two males and two females who share the enclosure at the moment.
© RIA Novosti . Ruslan Krivobok / Go to the photo bankThe polar bears live in a spacious open-air enclosure with a pool, a small snow hill and toys.
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The polar bears live in a spacious open-air enclosure with a pool, a small snow hill and toys.
© RIA Novosti . Ruslan KrivobokThe animals usually sleep by the pool during the day and start playing together when they wake up.
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The animals usually sleep by the pool during the day and start playing together when they wake up.
© RIA Novosti . Ruslan KrivobokThe enclosures where the hares and rabbits live draw far fewer visitors. These restless animals are always running around the enclosure or hiding.
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The enclosures where the hares and rabbits live draw far fewer visitors. These restless animals are always running around the enclosure or hiding.
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