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SUMMER CHILLIN’ AT DELHI ZOO

Ice-cool ponds and summer special delicacies in diet, check out how animals at the National Zoological Park are beating the heat

- PHOTOS: DHRUV SETHI/HT

Laxmi, from the popular elephant duo Laxmi-Hira, can be seen enjoying a bath. The elephants are allowed to bathe twice a day, which often goes up to three times during severe heatwave. Their day goes by rolling in the mud pond and bath pond. And the time to leave from here is decided only at their own will. Wish life was this cool for everyone!

Tigers are out early in the morning at 6am and go back only around 5pm. Poora area ghoomte hain. SAURABH VASHISHT, Range officer at Delhi zoo

 ?? ?? Water sprinklers provide a muchneeded cooling effect to the blackbucks. Zoo officials inform that the number of sprinklers has been increased to help the animals under such extreme temperatur­e. Visitors can often spot the white tigress, Rani, lounging in the open. And whenever in her enclosure, she too gets coolers to keep her cool. The diet of this ferocious creature is reduced from 12kg meat in winter to 10kg in summer. Painted stork and black cormorants can be spotted sitting by the wetland, and make for a picturesqu­e sight for those looking for some Insta-worthy clicks
Water sprinklers provide a muchneeded cooling effect to the blackbucks. Zoo officials inform that the number of sprinklers has been increased to help the animals under such extreme temperatur­e. Visitors can often spot the white tigress, Rani, lounging in the open. And whenever in her enclosure, she too gets coolers to keep her cool. The diet of this ferocious creature is reduced from 12kg meat in winter to 10kg in summer. Painted stork and black cormorants can be spotted sitting by the wetland, and make for a picturesqu­e sight for those looking for some Insta-worthy clicks
 ?? ?? Text: Naina Arora ILLUSTRATI­ON : SHUTTERSTO­CK
Text: Naina Arora ILLUSTRATI­ON : SHUTTERSTO­CK
 ?? ?? The meal for sloth bears is nothing short of a royal spread — bel, watermelon, cucumber, boiled potato, melon, and even glucose powder. Also, their pool is filled with ice to keep heat at bay.
The meal for sloth bears is nothing short of a royal spread — bel, watermelon, cucumber, boiled potato, melon, and even glucose powder. Also, their pool is filled with ice to keep heat at bay.

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