It Snowed at the LA Zoo...
By 9:30 a.m., one half hour before opening time Saturday morning, a few rows of the LA Zoo's parking lot were already filled with cars. As families filled the ticket lines, snow donated by Union Ice began to fall onto four exhibits in the back of the park where the bears, tigers, leopards and takins live.
"It's enrichment for these animals--they make something different," explained Zoo Spokesman Jason Jacobs of the second ever snow day event. "If you think about it, a tiger in the wild has to hunt for it's food ,it has to patrol a territory. Well here in a zoo it doesn't have to kill it's own food, it's given it's food. So we want to do things to occupy the animals time make them use their muscles."
For three Sumatran tiger cubs born last summer, this was their first time ever seeing snow. Once the cage doors opened, they briskly walked out to a lighter and colder ground. The new element felt curious, but no sooner were they playing and chasing each other around. "Because we don't get snow here, it's pretty exciting," exclaimed zookeeper Jennie McNary.