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Shower time’s thrice a day in Karnataka's Atal Bihari Zoological Park

As mercury ​shoots past 40 degree Celsius in Ballari​, ​animals at the ​m​ini ​z​oo​, or Atal Bihari Zoological Park​​,​​ ​are being given a bath ​thrice a day to beat the​ ​heat.

Published: 29th April 2017 05:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th April 2017 05:18 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service
A leopard cub enjoying the water
being sprayed on it at the mini zoo
in Ballari

BALLARI: ​As mercury ​shoots past 40 degree Celsius in Ballari​, ​animals at the ​m​ini ​z​oo​, or Atal Bihari Zoological Park​​,​​ ​are being given a bath ​thrice a day to beat the​ ​heat.

The highest maximum temperature in Ballari is between 41​-43 degree C. ​​ Since the zoo is very close to the rocky hillock, temperature is ​higher around here.

Zoo authorities ​have ​come ​up with the idea of bathing the animals at least thrice a day to keep them cool. The zoo has leopards, sloth bear, snakes, deers, birds and other animals. The staff also spray water inside enclosures.
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Purushotham K, executive director at the Atal Bihari Zoological Park, ​said, “The animals looked dull when there was a rise in temperature. We decided that bathing them twice or thrice a day makes them active again.”



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