Zoo animals keep cool during hot days - WNEM TV 5

Zoo animals keep cool during hot days

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Despite the hot weather on Wednesday, many people and animals didn't let it stop them from getting outside and enjoying the outdoors.

Pee-Wee, the emu at the Saginaw Children's Zoo, loves the water.

"I try to give him buckets of water every day. When he sees the hose he knows and comes right over," said Mia Banaszek, zookeeper.

Even though Pee-Wee is from Australia, he's become accustomed to the cooler Michigan weather.

"They like sprinklers, hoses, pools, things like that. We also give them frozen treats and animals that don't like being wet, we give them frozen water bottles and lots of shade," Banaszek said.

Some animals at the zoo love the heat, like the sun-bathing alligator and the penguins.

"These are warm weather penguins, African penguins. So they enjoy the sandy warm coast of Africa," said Lizzy Schultz, with marketing at the zoo.

That doesn't mean they don't enjoy jumping in the water and enjoying a few frozen grapes.

Other animals are kept cool with lots of shade and frozen water bottles in their enclosures.

Another challenge is to keep the staff cool while working outside all day.

"Our staff, zookeepers, rain or shine, hot or cold. They're lugging around pounds of hay, poop carts. They're running up and down hills," Schultz said.

There are a lot of cold water bottles on standby and workers take several breaks in the air conditioning to cool down.

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