LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – The Ellen Trout Zoo staff is going to great lengths to keep all the animals warm through the deep freeze. They have monitored the weather and have been planning where to keep the animals since early this week.
They have brought in the animals as their specific tolerance for the cold was reached. There are birds in kennels and large animals inside with heat. They watch all the animals to make sure they are doing well.
Some animals that you may think can't handle the cold are actually used to it. For example, the flamingoes at the Lufkin Zoo are originally from snowy Indiana, so although tropical, can handle these temperatures just fine.
Gordon Henley, the zoo's director, encouraged people to come and have a winter experience at the zoo. You can see how cages are winter weatherized, keeping the winds off the animals.