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Zoos in La. and Miss. coping with cold

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Posted: Jan 7, 2014 2:32 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Zoos, Louisiana, Coping, Cold

NEW ORLEANS- Zookeepers in New Orleans and Monroe are telling visitors that some animals can't be seen because they're warming up indoors, out of the wind and Arctic air.

In Jackson, Miss., the zoo was closed, animals kept inside - except for springbok. Education specialist Lucy Barton says the speedy, high-leaping South African antelope are enjoying the sunshine.

At New Orleans' Audubon Zoo, curator Joel Hamilton says open-air aviaries have extra heaters. He says mammals can go in and out of the areas where they stay at night or when hurricanes approach, while alligators stay at the bottom of their pool.

At the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo in Monroe, director Joe Clawson says flamingos stand in the spray of their fountain when it's cold, because the water is 60 degrees.

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