Zoo Boise snow leopards eat "Blood-sicles" to keep cool

Posted at 11:23 AM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 13:23:40-04

High temperatures have zoo workers reaching for some unconventional frosty treats.

Employee’s at Zoo Boise are giving “Blood-sicles” to the snow leopards, who aren’t huge fans of the triple-digit temperatures.

Liz Littman, Assistant Director at Zoo Boise, says, "As the keepers are preparing their diets of their meat, they'll take the drippings from that, put it in a bucket with some water and maybe some other stuff that is part of their diet, and freeze that. Then they can give it to them on a day like this and enjoy it for the next few hours.”

Liz also says other animals eat less-interesting things, like frozen bananas and blocks of ice. The animals also cool down using pools and sprinklers.