Georgian boy runs away to the zoo, finds it closed – BBC
27 February, 2018
Georgian boy runs away to the zoo, finds it closed – BBC
Dato Nozadze, 10-years-old boy who has recently escaped home to see Tbilisi Zoo became very popular not only in Georgia, but beyond its borders as well. His brave behavior attracted the attention of international press.

This time, the little adventurer has been featured by BBC. The boy lives in Khashuri, a town in the central part of Georgia. He escaped home and traveled some 130km (80 miles) on a train on his own to arrive in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi and
see the inhabitants of Tbilisi Zoo.
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Police officers found a missing child

However, Giorgi was not able to fulfill his dream and see Tbilisi Zoo, as it was closed already. The boy’s parents came and took him back to his hometown.

Police officers who found a missing child promised Giorgi that they would definitely take him to the Zoo. The following day, they made little boy’s dream come true and took him to the zoo. Moreover, Tbilisi Zoo handed whole year pass to the little boy to enjoy year-round visits.
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Little boy's dream came true

Tbilisi Zoo also gifted him the certificate of friendship together with the annual zoo pass.
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Tbilisi Zoo also gifted him the certificate of friendship. Photo courtesy Ipress.ge

The head of Tbilisi Zoo, Zurab Gurielidze, met Giorgi personally and showed him the inhabitants of the zoo.
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The head of Tbilisi Zoo Zurab Gurielidze met Giorgi and showed him the inhabitants of the zoo

“The Tbilisi Zoological Park decided, however, to honor his "special love of animals". The following day, the same police officers returned to Dato's house to bring him back to the zoo to see the animals and receive his pass. Dato was given a personal tour of the zoo by its director Zura Gurielidze, and got to feed the lemurs, elephants, camels and alpacas” BBC reports.
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Many users on Georgian social media found the story touching

According to BBC, many users on Georgian social media found the story touching. "A real adventure for the little boy. He is a little dreamer and seeker," said one user on Facebook.

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