- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2014

A zoo in North Korea’s capital has welcomed three Yorkshire Terriers to its mix of ferocious beasts on display, according to state media.

Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said Tuesday that the dogs at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang are now learning “several feats,” although it did not describe the kind of tricks they will have to perform, Sky News reported.

“Recently, Yorkshire terriers were sent to the Central Zoo in the DPRK,” KCNA said. “Each one has long hair tan on its head and legs and blue grey on its body. It is 22-24cm tall and weighs 2.5-3.5kg … It lives about 14 years on an average. Now they are learning several feats in the zoo.”

Central Zoo has come under fire by travel publication Lonely Planet, whose website says 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 lackluster as well.”

According to a YouTube video uploaded in December 2012, the zoo houses more than 6,000 animals of about 650 different species in 60 animal shed and aquariums, Sky News reported.