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Local zoo animals beat the heat

BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) -- The unbearable combination of high heat and humidity Monday had workers at Zollman Zoo scrambling to keep the zoo animals cool and comfortable. 

Fans and sprinklers helped cool down the feathered raptors and owls, while the wolves, skunks, and bears were given icy popsicles filled with various fruits and flavored with cinnamon. 

 

But park employees said it's not just the animals they worry about in the steamy heat. 

"I think the animals deal with it a lot better than we probably do. They are native Minnesota animals and they are used to the weather," said Oxbow Park Manager Karlin Ziegler. 

That same sentiment was echoed by park goers who decided to ditch the comfort of air-conditioning in favor of sweating it out in the sunshine. 

"I've just decided to embrace it," said UMR student Brenna Rauner. 

 

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