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8/10/07-Tyler

Zoo Keepers Try To Keep Animals Cool, Calm, And Collected

Scotty Stainback from the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler knows all to well how important it is to take care of animals, especially during the hot summer months.

"We monitor the animals," said Stainback. "The zoo keepers go by and watch the animals for heavy breathing, and anything to indicate to us that they're getting too hot."

"Too hot" is what zoo keepers are trying to prevent.  One way is by having water cooler fans in designated area for the animals. 

"During the real heat of the day, we'll open the building back up for the animals to have access, so that they can come and go as they want to and cool off for a while," said Stainback.

Whether cooling off under a shade tree or getting splashed by sprinklers, zoo keepers make sure animals stay cool even if it means giving them a special treat.

"We offer popsicles for the animals," says Stainback. "We take water and then we add fruit or nuts and freeze it."

Zoo keepers say the best way to beat the heat is to try and visit earlier during the day.  That's when the animals really come out and play.

LaKecia Shockley,reporting. lshockley@kltv.com 

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