On June 5, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin bottle-fed moose calves at the Losiny Ostrov (Moose Island) National Park in Moscow in the run-up to World Environment Day (WED), established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972.
Putin visited a moose-breeding compound along with Moscow school students, on a guided tour of the park.
The Prime Minister first met a female moose named Lusha, and fed her brown bread and a carrot. Local employees suggested that Putin and the school students bottle-feed the calves in an open-air cage.
After feeding milk to the calves, Putin took part in a tree-planting ceremony. The kids gave him the emblem of Moscow’s North Administrative District, a baseball cap with the Young Environmentalist inscription and a plush moose. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Yury Trutnev gave Putin a Merited Environmental Protection Worker badge, which he immediately pinned on his sweater.