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Published January 18, 2011, 10:51 AM

Zoo animals battle cold temps

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was the kind of cold that will literally take your breath away. Banks measured temperatures ranging from -4 to -11.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

People walking the streets of downtown were covered head to toe, but what about the animals? The Red River Zoo said when temperatures get this cold; there are several things they change, even if the animals are used to cold weather climates.

MIKE SCHMIDTGeneral Curator, Red River Zoo: “The wind chill can really get to him, prolonged exposure to it. All our shelters are designed so they have a southern exposure. You can see Cecil has the sun hitting on him, but he is protected from that north and west wind that we typically get.”

The zoo is open in the winter on weekends, as long as temperatures are above zero.