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Heat brings out the cool in zoos

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Here's the bit of the news about the heat brings out the cool in zoo's across the nations it seems heat waves are hitting other places as well though out and effecting.

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Writer Sue Manning, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jul 27, 1:29 pm ET

LOS ANGELES – Otters sweltering in the summer sun suck on "fishsicles." For carnivores like the Amur leopard, it's "bloodsicles."

Zoos across the country are using icy treats, shade, water and every conceivable form of cooling machine to help hundreds of thousands of animals, visitors and workers beat the heat this summer.

Even animals from Africa can have problems with extreme heat, says Lion Country Safari wildlife director Terry Wolf.

"It can be pretty stressful to some of them," he said. So at the Loxahatchee park in southern Florida, rhinos, tortoises and birds have slushy wet mud holes and the water buffalo have canals and lakes pumped full of water. Diets have changed from winter protein to summer fiber.

Earlier this month, temperatures soared past 100 in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Newark, N.J., and broke records in Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn. In the West, Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico were in triple digits. Death Valley in eastern California reached 125 degrees.

More to this story is here!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100727/ap_on_re_us/us_fea_pets_hot_zoos

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