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Bear weather equals extreme cold for people: It's coming

Grizzly bear Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Posted at 8:05 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 22:05:49-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — An arctic blast is heading toward Colorado. Some may have the option to call-off work, but keepers at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo have little choice because the animals need care. "We've learned a few tricks," said Rocky Mountain Wild and Asian Highlands, Keeper, Basia Dann. Not only does she have to be at work, she will also likely be outside quite a bit.

The animals Dann cares for love it outside when it is cold. "So they're all built for the really, really cold weather and often times they prefer it.”

Dann says she is a person who likes the cold. She has also figured out there is a dress code for extreme cold days. "Things like really thick warm bibs are great. We find a lot of good hats that keep our heads nice and warm, Then, we wear lots and lots of layers."

Some animals at the zoo will do fine outside during the cold, others will need to stay in heated enclosures. It is the same for pets. Some, like huskies may be fine in the extreme cold, but most other dogs and cats need to be inside.