The Big Freeze
January 6, 2010 § 3 Comments
You may sick of hearing about it, but there’s certainly no way of escaping it, Britain is experiencing the longest spell of cold weather conditions in quite some time! And, despite the chaos this has caused, many of us are enjoying the novelty factor and the picturesque sights the snow has created. Unfortunately, Edinburgh Zoo has been closed since Christmas day, and the Highland Wildlife Park has had to shut their main reserve to visitors. Zoo life has therefore been pretty quiet of late, so this week we thought that we would share some of the winter sights from both parks, and give you a glimpse of just how the animals are coping with the big freeze!
A Guinea baboon forages in the snow; but doesn’t stay out for long!
A Darwin’s rhea braves the cold temperatures
The beaver pond is frozen over
The sea lions have fun breaking through the ice in their pool
The Budongo Trail is a winter wonderland, but with the moat frozen, the chimpanzees must be kept inside
The cold snap is a breeze for the Scottish wildcats (still resident at the zoo!)
The penguins are in their element!
Mercedes, the polar bear enjoys her first deep snow since leaving Canada over 25 years ago
This cheeky robin had a lucky escape after trying to pinch some of Mercedes’ food (photo courtesy of Andrew Smith)