Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Clouded Leopard Cools Off at the Zoo

Although their counterparts in the wild inhabit hot, tropical forests, the clouded leopards at Point Defiance are a bit more temperate in their climatic tastes. Having spent essentially their entire lives in the Pacific Northwest, our cats rarely encounter temperatures approaching even the 80s. Well this week they are getting a taste of their homeland as the Seattle/Tacoma area faces temperatures approaching the all-time record - nearly 100 degrees. So how do the cats keep cool in the dog days of summer? One way is with cool treats like this giant blood-sicle. Their keepers freeze blood and bits of fish, chicken, or other yummy meat treats into blocks that provide long-lasting licking fun! Today Raja kept busy for hours with his yummy treat.


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