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Calm in zoo as summer settles in

WITH WINTER gone, calm has settled in the zoo. The silence is occasionally broken by the characteristic sound of inmates. The cackling of the gray-legged geese, call of the chitals and the chattering of langoors set the mood of the zoo. Visitors, particularly small children, shout in joy on seeing the snow white flamingoes flapping their wings to break the all-encompassing silence. Crocodiles arouse the inquisitiveness of children as they swim languidly across the surface of the lake.
None | By GP Varma, Kanpur
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2006 12:38 AM IST

WITH WINTER gone, calm has settled in the zoo. The silence is occasionally broken by the characteristic sound of inmates. The cackling of the gray-legged geese, call of the chitals and the chattering of langoors set the mood of the zoo.

Visitors, particularly small children, shout in joy on seeing the snow white flamingoes flapping their wings to break the all-encompassing silence. Crocodiles arouse the inquisitiveness of children as they swim languidly across the surface of the lake.

Darters, herons and kingfishers, popular among the children, constantly entertain visitors.

“The summer”, said wild life expert and director of the Zoo R Hemant Kumar, “is in fact time to rest for zoo inmates.

They get up at daybreak and enjoy the morning dew spread over the thick vegetation and the cool morning breeze. They sneak into the cool interiors of their cages as the sun rises high. Visitors, who come to watch their tricks, wait for hours to have a look of the beautiful animals but mostly return disappointed”.

Besides, for many animals this is the breeding period. Both the partners get busy making safe arrangements for their babies. Females prefer absolute silence and seclusion and avoid the presence of human beings.

The number of visitors also falls during the period.

However, after the examinations are over, children visit the zoo in groups and relish the behaviour of some of the animals. The sights of rhinos wallowing in muddy water, chimpanzee playing with water and the tiger in the wet moat attract children.

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