BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)-- You don't have to be trapped inside of a car to know that it's brutally hot out there. Animals at the Beardsley Zoo are toughing it out.
"I like to tell everyone, they can't see very well above the water," said the zoo keeper, about the otters.
At least they can take a dip, others are on a sweltering stroll through the Beardsley Zoo.
The Johnson's can't think of anything more perfect for their 15th anniversary with their children.
"I like going to all the animals and looking at them," said 11-year-old Isaiah Johnson.
Isaiah loved the otters, watching Nessie seek relief munching down on a shrimp-popsicle.
"So, Nessie is really excited about that," said the zoo keeper.
The zoo keepers even put the medicine there for Chester in some non-fat frozen yogurt. It appears a cup full of ice-cream does help the medicine go down.
"This year has been abnormally hot," said Gregg Dancho, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Director.
He says some animals say the more sun the better, like the prairie dogs and alligators.
But, the Amur Tigers have fur coats meant for the Russian/China border. The leopard was hard to find because she was hiding in air conditioning.
They're giving them plenty of water, shade, and letting them be lazy.
"There will be no medical procedures, no moving, and nothing that we would normally do when it's cooler weather. So, we really just leave them alone," said Dancho.
He says they know when they're overheating and how to adapt. He's worried about the animals outside the fence being the visitors and his staff.
"I have to tell them to slow down. I have to tell them make sure you slow, make sure you sit down for a little bit, make sure you get water," said Dancho.
Some good advice for all of us.
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