Belgrade Zoo Animals Endure Extreme Cold (Video)

The Siberian cold that has settled upon Europe has left some 400 dead — including 131 in the Ukraine, where the temperatures have been the coldest (minus 33 Celsius or minus 27 Fahrenheit) in six years. London’s Heathrow Airport has canceled half its flights, the Eiffel Tower is coated in snow and a 12-year old French boy died of hypothermia after falling into a frozen pond. Many of those who have perished are homeless; more than 3,000 heated tents have been set up in the Ukraine. Thousands more have been left without power.

The extreme cold has also made conditions more than uncomfortable for animals. This video shows those in the zoo in Belgrade in Serbia hanging on (though the seals seem quite pleased to be swimming amid ice).

I live on the US’s east coast, where we have been having quite the opposite winter. Snow has only fallen once and the temperatures have been extremely mild, around 1-2 degrees Celsius or 35 degrees Fahrenheit (and a completely balmy 15 – 16 degrees Celsius or 60 degrees Fahrenheit last week, at the end of January). Not everyone here will agree with me, but I wouldn’t mind a bit more cold being sent here, if it means some warmer weather for those across the Atlantic.


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Marieanne Phillips

Do they have hay or straw in their den? The lioness and her cubs look like they don't have hay or straw in their den. It's a brilliant natural way of keeping all animals warm and cosy in any cold weather. The colder it gets the more straw or hay needs to be added to keep them warm, as simple as that. Not expensive to buy either.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Christine Stewart

I hope they have insulated shelters or at least piles of hay for the critters to burrow into- the seals and the lion playing with the snowball were adorable, though...

Ernest R.
Ernest R.3 years ago

carol k…What examples have you seen of God’s justice and what would God have a problem with ? Unfortunately we live in s time that any action is the wrong thing. It would be better for the animals to live in the wild, but there isn’t enough wild left for them to find a free area where they would be safe from bounty hunters, poachers or farmers who consider them pests.. Zoos are the first places for scarce funding to be cut, so starvation is likely. It doesn’t change anything any more whether people think of themselves first or not. My daughter, who has given me a cat as grandchild, is very concerned for animal welfare and also is very well informed. The result is nights of anguish for her and no change for the better where animals are concerned. The demands of increasing overpopulation and the corporations who depend on it for bonuses make sure of that.

Kat Head
Katherine H.3 years ago

I hope the animals get help! I also live on the East Coast of the U.S. and the weather has been mostly mild; I was wearing shorts two weeks ago! Currently, though, it's bitter cold and windy where I live and we were having snow on and off. Yuck.

Mel M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Poor animals

Masha Samoilova
Past Member 3 years ago

it is very cold for them, wild ones suffer also

Katie Carlile
.3 years ago

Oh that's so evil to the poor animals that aren't use to those climates :( captivity is going to kill them

Karen Baker
Karen Baker3 years ago

Sad how the effects humans and animals alike... but we can at least get inside

Mrs M.
mrs m.3 years ago

SICKENING AND DISTURBING! Aren't there worldwide animal organizations to help ?!?