A zoo in the Indian capital New Delhi is taking special measures to help its animals cope with the intense heat of up to forty-five degrees centigrade.
Almost all the creatures at Delhi's National Zoological Park, from elephants to antelope, need some help cooling down from the hot months of May to July. Every morning and afternoon, keepers use jet-sprays to hose down their eleven tigers. The zoo's two formerly wild elephants are also hosed down twice a-day. Apart from the cold showers, the zoo has set up special coolers in many animal cages and changed their diet to keep them from dehydrating. A water-misting system also operates in some bird enclosures and netting is hung to protect them from the sunlight.