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Russian 'Navy seals' put on show to mark VE Day

The seals were trained to carry toy rifles. Credit: Reuters

An aquatic park in the Russian Siberian town of Irkutsk marked VE Day by staging a patriotic-themed show, giving two of their seals rifles.

VE Day anniversary events were held across the country.

According to the director of the aquarium, the most difficult part of training was to make the seals accept wearing hats.

The most difficult part of training was to make the seals accept wearing hats. Credit: Reuters
The most difficult part of training was to make the seals accept wearing hats. Credit: Reuters

The show featured the seals wearing military hats, shooting water pistols, saluting and holding toy rifles while turning around.

According to the director of the aquarium, the show was dedicated to those who took part in WW2, including animals who served alongside men and women.

The seals salute. Credit: Reuters
The seals and bear standards. Credit: Reuters

We have a military patriotic (show) here. (We wanted to) pay tributes to those who died and those who fought, to the veterans and to those who heroically worked at a home front.

– Alexei Berdnikov
The seals were trained to carry toy rifles. Credit: Reuters