Kun­ming an­i­mal park bun­dles up

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By HOU LIQIANG in Bei­jing GUO ANFEI in Kun­ming

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Yun­nan Wild An­i­mal Park in Kun­ming is help­ing its an­i­mals bun­dle up to cope with a sud­den drop in tem­per­a­ture af­ter an in­tense win­ter snow.

A cold front hit Yun­nan prov­ince on Fri­day, bring­ing heavy snow. The cold­est tem­per­a­tures in the prov­ince dropped by 18 C.

The tem­per­a­ture drop has af­fected the an­i­mals in the park, many of which are from trop­i­cal cli­mates.

While the tem­per­a­ture in down­town Kun­ming has dropped to 1 C, the tem­per­a­ture in the park, which is higher in el­e­va­tion, was two de­grees lower.

Li Kanglan, breeder of the adult orangutans, was asked to stay on duty through the night af­ter Fri­day’s snow. Thick quilts were pre­pared for the orangutans to re­place their thin­ner blan­kets, Li said.

Li kept the heater on through the night, cov­ered the apes with quilts and checked on them ev­ery two hours.

Li Xi­ulin is re­spon­si­ble for six baby an­i­mals, in­clud­ing a ba­boon, an orang­utan and a macaque, most of whom are younger than 1 year. She said she has used a heat lamp and heater to keep the baby an­i­mals com­fort­able.

“I also placed thicker clothes on the baby orang­utan and kept it in my arms to keep it warm,” said Li Xi­ulin, who added that she is giv­ing the ba­bies two more meals per day.

Chen Huqiang, breeder of more than 30 rep­tiles at the park, said most of the rep­tiles in the park are from trop­i­cal zones and would likely die if the tem­per­a­ture fell be­low 5 C.

“I kept the heater on all the time to keep them warm,” Chen said.

The park’s pan­das, how­ever, have not been af­fected by the weather. Han­dlers said most are en­joy­ing the snow and have even for­got­ten to eat at times.

Kang Zhong­ping, a panda breeder at the park, said the an­i­mals went out of their dens quite early on Mon­day morn­ing to en­joy the snow and didn’t come back to eat un­til he struck a food basin. Con­tact the writer at houliqiang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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