Snow day at the zoo had staffers working hard to kept their residents warm

John McDevitt
March 01, 2019 - 9:51 pm

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- As the cold weather returned to our region, the Elmwood Park Zoo staffs were hard at work to keep their residents warm and comfortable.

The otters didn't seem to mind the cold weather, as they were splashing around in their pool Friday.

The drinking water for many of the animals, like the American Bison, is heated to prevent it from freezing.

The leopards have a heated indoor floor in one section and when they want to go outside there is an added layer of protection. Zookeepers say that a balm is applied to prevent their pads from cracking.

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So how do they do that? Well, assistant curator Laura Fournier explained.

“What we have done is to train them to present their paws against that chain link,” she said. “While one of the keepers is busy rewarding the animal, and keeping their mouth busy, then the other keeper will put the moisturizer on their pads.”

And what about the older sheep and goats, well they were given extra hay for bedding and even an electric heating pad on their barn floor.