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Nandan Kanan Zoo inmates enjoying summer in a special way

Despite temperatures hovering over 40 degree Celsius and humidity levels at 70 per cent, inmates at an Orissa Zoo are literally cooling their heels.

By Sarada Lahangir

Bhubaneswar, May 28 : Despite temperatures hovering over 40 degree Celsius and humidity levels at 70 per cent, inmates at an Orissa Zoo are literally "cooling their heels."

Nandan Kanan Zoological Park in State capital Bhubaneswar has made elaborate arrangements that include installing thatched roof over enclosures, sprinkling water over animals and birds and at times giving them a splash in the water pool.

Besides, a diet full of fruits has been arranged for the special nourishment of animals and birds.

Authorities say they have given special attention to cold-blooded animals like reptiles and water animals like hippopotamus.

"For the herbivores, apart from regular food we are giving watermelon, sugarcane and also keep ready some anti-depressant drugs that can help reduce stress which develops due to heat and climate change. They are also given some electrolytes in their feed...We also provide some kind of shelter for the deer like spotted deer so that during the peak hours around noon they can remain there," said Ajit Patnaik, the Nandan Kanan Zoo Director.

A veterinary doctor has also been put on duty to keep an eye on any animal showing signs of stress and dehydration.

For visitors it is a joy watching several animals and birds relishing a special diet inside their enclosures.

"Yes, it is hot but the natural beauty of the area is so overwhelming and I do not mind the heat," said Dhirendra Bhowmik, a visitor.

Nandan Kanan Zoo, spread over 1,940 square kilometers, is home to over 67 species of mammals, 18 varieties of reptiles and 81 species of birds.

The zoo enjoys an international reputation for breeding white tigers, black panthers and crocodiles in captivity.

Nandan Kanan Zoo also houses a botanical garden and part of it has been declared a sanctuary.

In India, the summer lasts from April to June. The weather cools down with the monsoon's arrival in July.

ANI

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