ZOO IN EASTERN INDIA TAKES SPECIAL MEASURES TO SHIELD INMATES FROM COLD

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Zoo in eastern India takes special measures to shield inmates from cold
KEYWORDS: zoo, cold wave, precautions, Patna, India
As the cold wave begins to tighten its grip over India, authorities at a zoo in eastern Patna city undertake a slew of measures to keep the animals warm and comfortable.
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PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA (DECEMBER 15, 2016) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI – NO ACCESS ARD/BBC)
1. VISITORS INSIDE THE SANJAY GANDHI BIOLOGICAL PARK
2. A CARETAKER FEEDING CHIMPANZEES/CHIMPANZEE EATING FRUIT
3. MORE OF CHIMPANZEE EATING FRUIT
4. PAN OF A TIGER INSIDE ITS CAGE/A HEATER KEPT OUTSIDE ITS CAGE
5. SNAKES LYING UNDER LIGHTED BULBS
6. A PYTHON UNDER LIGHTED BULBS INSIDE A GLASS CAGE
7. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) VETERINARIAN AT SANJAY GANDHI BIOLOGICAL ANIMAL PARK, DR. SAMARENDRA BAHADUR SINGH, SAYING: "Keeping the old and sick animals' condition in mind, we have taken a few precautions against the cold. We have installed heaters and partly closed the ventilators for the feline enclosures and have kept wooden planks for them to sit on so that they do not get cold."
8. A VISITOR CLICKING A PHOTO OF A TIGER
9. A LION WALKING INSIDE ITS CAGE
10. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) A VISITOR, ANAND KUMAR, SAYING: "I saw that a snake was feeling cold in the snake house and was lying next to a lighted bulb to warm itself. Animals are facing a lot of problems in the cold weather."
11. MORE OF VISITORS INSIDE ZOO
12. AN ALLIGATOR UNDER WATER
13. A LEOPARD INSIDE ITS CAGE
STORY: As the cold wave begins to tighten its grip over India, authorities at a zoo in eastern Patna city have undertaken a slew of measures to keep the animals warm and comfortable.
Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park in Patna houses over 800 animals of about 110 species, many displaced from their natural habitat and not suited to the cold weather.
"Keeping the old and sick animals' condition in mind, we have taken a few precautions against the cold. We have installed heaters and partly closed the ventilators for the feline enclosures and have kept wooden planks for them to sit on so that they do not get cold," said veterinarian, Dr. Samarendra Bahadur Singh on Thursday (December 15).
Special pots with lights have been installed in reptile cages and chimpanzees have been provided with blankets to cope with the chill.
"I saw that a snake was feeling cold in the snake house and was lying next to a lighted bulb to warm itself. Animals are facing a lot of problems in the cold weather," said a visitor, Anand Kumar.
Patna has been experiencing dense fog and low temperatures over the last few days, partly due to the high level of moisture from the cyclone Vardah which originated from Bay of Bengal.

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