Coyne Airway carried animals to their new home in Tbilisi zoo

<p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">Apr 07, 2017: Coyne Airways carried a tiger, seven red-necked wallabies, six barbary sheep and 24 African penguins to their new home in Tbilisi zoo by Boeing 777 freighter.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The animals were donated as part of a project to repopulate the zoo, following a flood, caused by a freak storm […]

Coyne Airway carried animals to their new home in Tbilisi zoo
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<p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">Apr 07, 2017: Coyne Airways carried a tiger, seven red-necked wallabies, six barbary sheep and 24 African penguins to their new home in Tbilisi zoo by Boeing 777 freighter.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The animals were donated as part of a project to repopulate the zoo, following a flood, caused by a freak storm on 14th June 2015, in which several of zoo's animal inhabitants and at least 20 human lives were claimed.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">A significant number of the animals which survived the flood escaped onto the streets of Tbilisi, leading to the broadcast of surreal scenes worldwide, including a giant African hippopotamus grazing on roadside greenery, and bears perched next to air conditioning units on the first floor of a residential building, struggling to stay above water.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Once the waters receded, the zoo had lost over half of its pre-flood population, with more than 300 animals either having drowned or shot by emergency forces.</p>
<p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">Martyn Griffin, sales manager, <a title="Coyne Airways" href="http://www.coyneair.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Coyne Airways</a>, said, "Efforts to rebuild the zoo have been ongoing since the tragedy struck, and Tbilisi Zoo has received international support and donations. We were delighted to play a part in the recovery effort, by flying the animals on our weekly <a title="Boeing 777" href="http://www.boeing.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boeing 777</a> freighter flight from Amsterdam to Tbilisi."</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The animals were transported in pallets and crates, in line with International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Live Animals Regulations (LAR), the worldwide standard for transporting live animals by commercial airlines.</p>
<p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">Coyne Airways regularly transports a range of animals to Tbilisi for the Zoo. The animals are delivered just a few hours before the flight to reduce the time they spend in the cages and in the warehouse, and everything is ready for when they arrive so they board quickly.</p>

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