Dusit Zoo hosing down wildlife to cool animals in heat

Monday, 30 April 2012 By  MCOT

BANGKOK, April 27-- Amid the the Thai capital’s current extreme hot weather, the country’s oldest zoo, the Dusit Zoo, also known as Khao Din, has been spraying water and stepping up measures to cool off the animals, according to a zoo veterinarian.

In an attempt to protect animals from scorching heat and being at risk of dying of the heat stroke amid the rising

temperature, Veterinarian Kwanjai Kanchanapitakkul, chief of the zoo’s healthcare section, said on Friday that the zoo was preparing measures against the heat for all the animals in their enclosures, particularly mammals living in the outdoor enclosures.

Apart from sprinkling water in the enclosures and installing shades, zookeepers also provided quenching desserts and dessert ice for the animals.

However, Dr Kwanjai explained that the animals have the body’s mechanism which was able to adapt the heat naturally and to transfer heat.

There are more than 2,200 animals housed in the zoo.

Meanwhile, Thai Meteorological Department announced that April 27 (Friday) was the day which the sun orbited to be vertically located at the closest distance to Bangkok, while this weekend was forecast to be the hottest days of the year.

Elsewhere in the country, the hottest provinces in the north are in the lower part -- Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Kampaengphet – while the hottest provinces in the central region are Uthai Thani and Kanchanaburi.

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