Animal Strategies to Keeping Warm

By: Garrett Wymer Email
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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Humans are not the only members of the animal kingdom working to stay warm in these cold temperatures.

Non-Homo sapiens also have to deal with this bitter cold, which includes the birds and bears at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Ed Clark, the center's president, said birds like hawks and owls fluff up their feathers to keep themselves warm in the winter and a lot of them even stand on one foot so they can keep the other one warm with their feathers.

When it comes to bears, they're also well equipped to handle the cold temps.

"They're built for it, they're adapted to it, and their metabolism actually adjusts to it very, very well. One of the reasons that we see animals go through a feeding frenzy in the fall is they're building up fat reserves. So, wisely, these 'dumb' animals stay inside when it's cold," explained Clark.

Clark also said they will move the bears into their new enclosures starting Wednesday and when they do, he said he expects the bears to spread out and hibernate.


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