On the Granby Zoo, a baboon jumps a number of metres in its enclosure to seize and swing from a suspended firehose.
Elsewhere, an elephant makes use of its trunk to tug at a big hanging basket woven from that very same robust materials.
The zoo, about 80 kilometres east of Montreal, is discovering inventive methods to maintain its animals stimulated and entertained due to donated and repurposed hoses from neighbouring municipalities, together with from firefighters in Warwick.
“Not solely did they’ve some, they acquired into contact with hearth departments from neighbouring municipalities, after which the phrase unfold round and we have been receiving extra since,” stated Dr. Émilie Couture, a veterinarian at Granby Zoo. “We have been capable of make a complete new set of enrichments for the animals with these.”
She defined that whereas hoses ultimately fail stress assessments and might now not meet the wants of firefighters, they’re nonetheless made from a sturdy materials that may be reworked into numerous objects for a wide range of species.
“The chances are mainly infinite,” Couture stated.
The zoo’s upkeep division has turned the donations into climbing buildings, hammocks, balls for video games, and baskets to assist simulate the foraging some animals do within the wild.
Couture stated they’re additionally simple to scrub, and might face up to the claws and jaws of the zoo’s giant carnivores.
“They’ll make something out of something whereas nonetheless ensuring it is secure for the animals, that it will be sturdy by way of time, and that it’ll meet their bodily and psychological wants,” the veterinarian stated.
She stated the animals which have benefited essentially the most from the firehoses are the big primates: The gorillas will see it put in of their new exhibit.
The hoses are additionally well-liked with the big carnivores and bears, and the elephants.
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Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic limiting the variety of guests which can be allowed on the zoo at one time, Couture stated the animals are doing nicely.
She defined that being in an orange zone means the administration has been capable of preserve staffing ranges, so the animals are receiving the identical high quality of care as common.
She stated all are pleased and content material, besides the parakeets, that are very social birds that possible miss the social interplay that comes with hundreds of each day guests to the zoo in a standard season.