BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) — Employees on the Zollman Zoo at Oxbow Park have been busy ensuring the animals are okay on this lengthy stretch of early summer season warmth.

Among the animals are nonetheless shedding their winter coats. With the intention to assist them preserve cool, workers usually dampen the concrete to allow them to have cooler place to put. They’ve high-powered followers, and plenty of have water options of their pens.

Some even get particular icy treats.

“On actually scorching days, which has been the final week, we give them popsicles, too,” Oxbow Park Naturalist Clarissa Schrooten mentioned. “We will freeze in fruits for the bear. She loves that. And possibly slightly honey, so it is slightly candy, too. However then different animals, they don’t seem to be massive on fruits, so we’ll do meat. We freeze meat right into a block. Truly, right now, the otters are getting frozen fish for his or her food regimen. So that they’re getting a ‘fishsicle.'”

Most of the animals even have dens they retreat into to chill off,
and a few do prefer to get hosed down.

Whereas some folks could also be alarmed on the fixed panting that a few of the animals do, Schrooten mentioned the panting serves as a pure air conditioner for them.


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