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Leopards, peacocks radiate warmth at zoo

The bear at the Chhatbir Zoological Park, 17 km from Chandigarh, is a contented animal. Happily relishing the extra dollop of honey provided by the zoo authorities to help beat the chill, his contentment is something we humans could be well within our rights to envy.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 18, 2014 18:34 IST
Jyotsna Jalali

The bear at the Chhatbir Zoological Park, 17 km from Chandigarh, is a contented animal. Happily relishing the extra dollop of honey provided by the zoo authorities to help beat the chill, his contentment is something we humans could be well within our rights to envy.

The sun-basking tigers, panthers and elephants also radiate warmth, even in the cold that has come to stay in the region over the past week. Elephants feasting on sugarcane are another sight to behold.

Besides the sugarcane and the honey, carnivores are being provided with 10-kg beef daily and their water intake is monitored. Monkeys are being fed papayas instead of bananas to keep warm. The endangered species are being fed sea cod oil to ensure their bodies stay warm.

This idyllic scene is a result of zoo authorities’ determination to ensure that animals do not feel the chill. Over 200 people have been at work. Besides improved and changed diet, aesthetic changes have been made.

All carnivores living in concrete light houses have been provided with blowers and heat convectors.

“All animals are important. Reptiles are in hibernation and we have to provide temperature control. Blowers have been provided for lions, tigers, leopards and the jaguar. Mats and thatch roofs have been put up to ensure all enclosures are cozy,” said field director of the zoo, Munish Kumar.

The biggest challenge for the staff is to provide life support to animals without making them dependent on humans.

Nonetheless, for omnivores and herbivores, huts using natural material like straws, wooden logs, bamboo have been made.

Roofs use polythene sheets and waterproof material.Paddy straw and wheat husk bedding have been provided to all the herbivores for cozy flooring.

The artificial lake at the zoo sees migratory birds flock in and arrangements have been made to provide them a quiet environment.