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RT published this video item, entitled “Gold-leaf Alabai | Turkmenistan president unveils 6-meter tall statue of a dog” – below is their description.
A dog is man’s best friend, but it seems one particular breed is the Turkmen’s pedigree chum. Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has unveiled a statue to the Alabai – a type of sheepdog beloved of the nation’s people. While someone suspected of a crime might hope for a cast-iron alibi, Berdymukhamedov gifted his country, ahem, a gold-leaf Alabai – one that’s six meters high and stood upon a nine-meter pedestal housing a video screen. The screen, obviously, shows overwhelmingly cute footage of Alabais. Berdymukhamedov made a song and dance of the unveiling in the nation’s capital, Ashgabat – literally. The ceremony contained both forms of entertainment, plus an old man handing an Alabai puppy to a young boy – an act most of us are told to be wary of. The secretive former Soviet state has form with animal tributes. One of its most famous landmarks is a fountain surrounding sculptures of the Akhal-Teke breed of horse. But there’s no need for animal rivalry. In his book on Alabai, published last year, Berdymukhamedov said the Turkmen’s ancestors had seen ‘in the Akhal-Teke their dreams and in the Alabai their happiness.’RT YouTube Channel
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