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Chiang Mai zoo comes up with creative ways to keep big cats cool


Officials at Chiang Mai’s Tiger Kingdom have devised many ingenious ways to ensure the tigers remain hydrated and cool in the searing summer heat.

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The temperature at noon can sometimes hit 40 degrees Celsius, so zoo officials have been serving a snack of ice cream to the two-year-old male Bengal tigers Strong and Satang. They also shake long sticks with coconut or palm leaves at the tip to lure the tigers into the pond.

Chiang Mai zoo comes up with creative ways to keep big cats cool

Meanwhile, tiger cubs Nguen, Nak and Thong are being kept under air-conditioning, while Nummon and Namo – the zoo’s superstar cheetahs – love being wiped down with a wet cloth.

These cheetahs are famous for their friendliness.

Chiang Mai zoo comes up with creative ways to keep big cats cool

Orapin Shinawatra, general manager of the zoo in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district, said veterinarians and zoo officials keep a watchful eye on the tigers to ensure they are not stressed or have heatstroke.

Chiang Mai zoo comes up with creative ways to keep big cats cool

“If the weather is hot, the tigers will lie down to save their energy,” she added.

Published : March 26, 2021

By : The Nation