With ousted Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych fleeing Kiev and citizens pouring into the previously private presidential compound, an unexpected discovery was made -- a sprawling private zoo nestled among Yanukovych's mansion, parks, lake and boat.
The zoo houses animals like peacocks, bears, deer, ostriches, and, of course, presidential pigs. Matt Frei of Channel 4 News was among the citizens on the ground to witness the scene:
The most jaw-dropping part of our day was, however, still to come. Word spread that the private presidential compound on the outskirts of Kiev was now open to visitors, courtesy of the revolution. We headed down there and came across what looked remarkably like a swelling Saturday family outing. And yes, they were going to the zoo but it happened to be the president's private zoo that had, until today, been kept a very well-guarded secret, together with all the other opulence of Villa Yanukovych. I have never seen anything like it.
Here are some images from the zoo, which thousands of people have already come to visit: