Georgia: A Happy Hippo and a Rebuilt Zoo for Flood Anniversary

Begi the hippo, seen here in his new enclosure at the Tbilisi Zoo, became the focal point and an Internet sensation during the devastating flood one year ago in the Georgian capital. About 230 animals drowned or were shot by police to prevent attacks on humans during the flood, which also was responsible for killing 23 people. (Photo: Giorgo Lomsadze)

One year after a devastating flood that killed 21 people and sent zoo animals into the streets of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, both the city’s zoo and its famous wandering hippopotamus, Begi, are back in shape.
 

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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi. He is a frequent contributor to EurasiaNet.org's Tamada Tales blog.

Georgia: A Happy Hippo and a Rebuilt Zoo for Flood Anniversary

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