DENVER (KDVR) — Temperatures across Colorado were soaring on Tuesday, with Denver reaching a new record high of 101 degrees.
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Despite the heat, the Denver Zoo had plenty of visitors on Tuesday roaming the grounds.
“You might see a lot of exhibits that look a little sparse, but it may be because they are all inside enjoying the cool,” said Denver Zoo’s Brian Aucone. “Just like our animals we recommend you stay hydrated and drink water, but it can still be a very enjoyable experience here as well.”
Tundra, the zoo’s grizzly bear, was entertaining guests by taking a dip in the cool water.
“Sometimes we will give them treats, “fishsicles” which is a big chuck of ice with frozen fish in it which helps cool them down,” said Aucone. “They are just like us. They are tired, looking for shade or indoors. On days like this, animals will always have the option to go inside so they can get into cooler areas.”
While the early heatwave is unexpected are far from typical for this time of year, zoo staff has no problem staying extra diligent.
“We are preparing, and we look ahead and watch the weather to know we need to get those frozen popsicles ready for the animals because it’s going to be hot for a few days,” Aucone told FOX31. “We are always watching and it’s part of our care perspective.