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Animals embrace winter snowfall at Reston zoofari

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Fallow deer are seen on snowy floor at Roer’s Zoofari in Reston (Courtesy Roer’s Zoofari)

Many animals at Roer’s Zoofari had an opportunity to frolic within the winter panorama change that just lately and instantly overtook the area.

While the storm induced crashes, energy outages and harmful circumstances, video confirmed a gaggle of llamas operating over the snow-covered floor at the Reston landmark close to Lake Fairfax Park final week.

“Most of the animals at the zoo don’t even mind the cold, they’re frolicking and going about their business as usual,” Roer’s Zoofari CEO Vanessa Roer mentioned.

Llamas, native to South America, can deal with excessive colds, and Roer’s Zoofari animals have seen comparable chilly spells, however they’re uncommon.

“It’s a little cold and wet, but it’s all worth it to know personally that the animals I care for are warm, well-fed, and healthy,” lead zookeeper Eliott Hamblin mentioned final week, including that it appeared higher than the warmth.

In a warning concerning the climate not associated to the zoo, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals famous that pets are particularly weak within the chilly and will die if left outdoors.

PETA mentioned canine homeowners ought to take precautions when strolling their pets outdoors within the chilly.

“[Booties] will protect their sensitive paw pads from the frozen ground,” PETA spokesperson Megan Wiltsie mentioned. “Keep walks short in cold weather, especially for shorthaired dogs.”

Virginia regulation prohibits leaving canines tethered outdoors when the temperature is beneath 32 levels Fahrenheit or above 85 levels Fahrenheit or amid sure climate hazards.

Many of the animals at the zoofari have been seen following a hay tractor, whereas a purple kangaroo and cheetah appeared slightly apprehensive to the winter wonderland.

Hamblin famous that almost all of animals discover the snow very enriching.

“Our bison love frolicking through it while kicking up their hooves,” Hamblin mentioned.

Photo courtesy Roer’s Zoofari/Facebook