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Josh Knight Goes to the Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI (Josh Knight) -- The zoo is home to hundreds of animals, from all over the world and from different climates.

While many of those that need warmer climates move to indoor exhibits during the winter, we spent some time with a few Tuesday that were enjoying the zero degree days.  Whether it was the sea lion happily swimming in the frigid water, or the red pandas enjoying their bamboo like it was a nice day for a picnic, these outdoor animals didn't seem to mind.

The king penguins even made their daily march across part of the zoo.

Thane Maynard says there are about a dozen species that live here that would prefer a day like this with temperatures well below freezing.  Even though they've gotten accustomed to four seasons, these animals were built for this type of cold.

"For a lot of our animals this time of the year, we open up the barn they're in or the building they're in, so they have the opportunity to go in or out. But, a lot of our animals, like the arctic fox, they love it so much they don't even go in their den, they just sleep out in the snow."

Thane told me last year they had 1.5 million visitors, the least of which are in January and February.  So even with the colder than average temperatures, attendance hasn't been all that unusual.

If you wanted to come out and see some of these animals in their closer to natural climate the good news is there are more than a dozen heated buildings with animals too.  Giving you plenty of time to thaw out!




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