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Zoo workers are also dealing with three busted water pipes but they say it's not affecting the animals.

Zookeepers Migrate Birds Indoors During Jackson Cold Snap

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This Kookaburra was moved into a makeshift space in the Tiger building during the cold snap hitting the Jackson Zoo. This Kookaburra was moved into a makeshift space in the Tiger building during the cold snap hitting the Jackson Zoo.
"You can see we have a big spacious hallway so they can't come in contact with one another. The tigers have sat across the hall and looked at them longingly," Wetzel said. "You can see we have a big spacious hallway so they can't come in contact with one another. The tigers have sat across the hall and looked at them longingly," Wetzel said.
Emerson, the male Sumatran Tiger, has been eyeing his new neighbors from across the way. The birds at the Jackson Zoo are safe, however, as zookeeper say they are impossible to reach. Emerson, the male Sumatran Tiger, has been eyeing his new neighbors from across the way. The birds at the Jackson Zoo are safe, however, as zookeeper say they are impossible to reach.
"When you have skinny legs with no meat at all much on them - so those toe areas, wing tips, beak areas - we're really concerned about that," she said adding that all the birds are the greatest worry during cold weather. "When you have skinny legs with no meat at all much on them - so those toe areas, wing tips, beak areas - we're really concerned about that," she said adding that all the birds are the greatest worry during cold weather.
"When you have skinny legs with no meat at all much on them - so those toe areas, wing tips, beak areas - we're really concerned about that," Poff said adding that all the birds are the greatest worry during cold weather. "When you have skinny legs with no meat at all much on them - so those toe areas, wing tips, beak areas - we're really concerned about that," Poff said adding that all the birds are the greatest worry during cold weather.
A sweater for a swan? How about a parka for a parakeet?

When it comes to birds at the Jackson Zoo these aren't really viable options during the metro's freezing weather.

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"They're not really cold. They're just cleaning off a bit," Executive Director of the Jackson Zoo Beth Poff said - pointing to the flamingo exhibit.

"When you have skinny legs with no meat at all much on them - so those toe areas, wing tips, beak areas - we're really concerned about that," she said adding that all the birds are the greatest worry during cold weather.

Depending on their habitat of origin some animals are threatened less in cold weather, zookeepers said.

Consider this: on the African savannah at night it often goes below freezing. But around Jackson it's better to be safe than sorry, Poff said.

"We did some jury-rigging and came up with some perching for them to be in this nice, wonderful tiger exhibit," Deputy Director Dave Wetzel said.

Zoo workers are also dealing with three busted water pipes but they say it's not affecting the animals (including Emerson the tiger who has some new neighbors)

"You can see we have a big spacious hallway so they can't come in contact with one another. The tigers have sat across the hall and looked at them longingly," Wetzel said.

"And the birds after the first half hour when they realized they were safe they didn't care," Wetzel said.

The Jackson Zoo closed down on Monday and Tuesday because so many animal were kept in enclosures that the public cannot access, Poff said.

Workers said the zoo is planning to re-open for business Wednesday morning as more animals will be allowed back outside.


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