As people in Northwest PA plan to hunker down in preparation for the cold temperatures coming, so are the animals.
While the Erie Zoo is closed now for the winter, the staff there is taking extra precautions - such as extra insulation and even jackets for some animals... To make sure that everyone stays warm and safe.
Even leopards and jaguars, usually allowed outside at their leisure all winter, will be kept in for a few days. And even the "Amur tiger," more commonly known as the Siberian Tiger, as well as and the red pandas will have more limited outdoor access.
These precautions keep the animals safe and prevents heat from escaping the holding areas.
"The wind is one of the biggest concerns that we have. Much like wind chill for everybody else, we worry about it here. And it can really drop the temperature in a holding area or bedroom or barn very quickly. So whatever we can do to block wind is very important," said Scott Mitchell, the Erie Zoo Director.
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