By Steve Jackson
BBC News East Asia editor
Burma's military government is moving hundreds of zoo animals from Rangoon to Naypyidaw, the country's new capital.
Some of the animals are reportedly unhappy with the move
Elephants and rhinos are among the animals being taken nearly 400km (250 miles) to the new zoo from the main city's 100-year-old zoological gardens.
In recent years, Burma's entire government has been moved from Rangoon to shiny new buildings in Naypyidaw.
The city has been built in the middle of an area of tropical scrubland, away from the main centres of population.
But the military leadership appears to have felt that something was missing. After all, what capital city would be complete without a zoo?
So around half of the creatures from Rangoon's zoo are being moved to a newly-built complex in Naypyidaw.
Hippos, monkeys, tigers and bears are reportedly being transported this week in small cages loaded onto trucks.
One zookeeper said the elephants had howled and refused to eat when their herd was split up.
While Burmese officials say the new zoo will be world class, eyewitnesses have said it lacks the infrastructure and the vegetation the animals will need.
No official reason has been given for the move, but the military government has been anxious to give an air of legitimacy to its new capital, which many critics say is remote and out of touch with the Burmese people.