The same cool weather that forced Thais to bundle up like it was a new Ice Age prompted concerned zoo workers to do the same for their animals.
Several animals held in captivity at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo were brought out to sunbathe yesterday, including a hippopotamus, giraffe, white lion and black kingsnake, according to zoo director Anuphong Anon. Facing windy, chilly weather in Chonburi’s Sri Racha district, zoo staffers also laid out hay for the capybaras (big rodents) and even swaddled some primates in sacks.
Although the animals were likely fine without the additional measures, it certainly made the humans feel warm inside. And, just in case, the director said its vet team would keep an eye on them during the cold spell.
The zoo is currently closed due to the pandemic as Chonburi is one of the five worst-hit provinces.