Zoo emus given time to keep their cool

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

THE res­i­dent emus at the Perth Zoo had their feath­ers ruf­fled with a cool­ing shower last week as part of the zoo’s en­rich­ment pro­gram to beat the heat.

The pro­gram en­sures no two days are the same for the an­i­mals, and with the weather start­ing to siz­zle, new ac­tiv­i­ties have been in­tro­duced to keep them in top shape in all cli­mates.

Some cool­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the food ice blocks en­joyed by the pri­mates, can be used for pets at home.

But while the an­i­mals of Perth Zoo are lucky to have con­stant help from their keep­ers, pets might not have that lux­ury.

In cases of ex­treme heat, the zoo en­cour­ages peo­ple to pro­vide plenty of ac­cess to shade and wa­ter dur­ing the day for their pets.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d446460

Com­ing in for the cold: An emu in the shade at Perth Zoo.

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