VADODARA: Zoo authorities in Vadodara geared up to keep the animals warm during teeth-chattering winters.
The temperatures in the Indian subcontinent dip drastically during the months of December and January.
As chilly winds posed a problem not only to the human beings but animals too, the authorities at Sayaji Baug Zoo made arrangements for bonfire and green net to protect animals and birds them falling sick.
“We have lit fire near the cages of lions, leopards and tigers so that they can feel warm. The cages of birds are also covered with green net. When the zoo closes, the net blocks cold air from passing through and so the birds can be saved from cold,” said zoo curator, Narendra Singh Jhala.
Special food is being provided to the animals to help them regulate their normal body temperature. The zoo houses animals like deer, tiger, leopard and bear.
Zoo animals are the worse affected by a change in temperature as they have been displaced from their natural habitat and kept in places where the temperatures are not favourable to their bodies.
Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter.
Snowfall in states like Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh has a direct impact in other northern states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.