Watch How Cute Animals Handle Themselves in Wintry Situations

Some animals handle the cold weather better than others. Come winter, some hibernate, some migrate, some adapt, and some play.

The National Snow & Ice Data Center points out:

It can be difficult for animals to live in places that receive large amounts of snow, such as in the high latitudes and at high elevations. Snowy places tend to receive less sunlight, which decreases temperatures and makes it hard for animals to stay warm. Deep snow can also be difficult to move around in; animals must spend more time and energy walking through it or finding food beneath it.

Adaptation is a great survival skill for an animal to possess when it comes to navigating through months of cold and snowfall.

Take caribou, for instance. Since moving through snow can be energy draining, caribou sometimes walk in single file; a lead animal will break a trail through the snow, and the rest of the herd follows in its tracks.

The elusive, rare and endangered snow leopard lives in some of the most extreme high altitudes and cold climates on earth. Its stocky body, thick fur and rounded ears help to minimize heat loss.

Then there’s the mountain hare – this creature turns white in winter for camouflage.

Speaking of animals and cold weather, here are 5 videos of cute animals in wintry situations:

Pig Slides on Frozen Sidewalk

One of the first viral sensations of the new year, this little piggy slid wee, wee, wee, all the way to internet stardom. A video of Phinny the pig’s ice capade initially appeared on Facebook – and two days later ended up on YouTube with over a million views, and counting.

Bao Bao’s First Snow Day

If you think an ice-skating pig is popular, tell that to the roly-poly panda bear named Bao Bao. She was caught on video playing in snow for the first time — another predictably adorable moment. Over 4 million people seem to agree.

Polar Bear Love

This polar bear family may love snow, but watch the clip and you’ll agree that what they love most is each other!

Crows Playing on a Snowy Car

A question for you crow behaviorists: These crows are actually playing in snow, right? Side note: In case there are any crows reading this, for the record I have no issue whatsoever with whatever the crows are doing in this video.

Sasha and His Dogs

This video shows animals — in this case, dogs — enjoying their snowy surroundings, but the center of attention is a giggling human: Sasha Pesic. He’s overjoyed about the good news that, thanks to a Care2 petition signed by almost 250,000 people, the dogs in the sanctuary he runs get to stay where they are after almost being evicted.

Way to go, Care2 members!

There’s a lot of cuteness that can happen when animals and snowy conditions come together, but remember that not all animals are equipped to handle the cold weather without some human assistance.

To help you and your companion animal(s) weather the winter, here are 10 cold weather tips from the ASPCA:

1. Keep your cat inside.
2. During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.
3. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can easily become lost. Make sure your dog always wears ID tags.
4. Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
5. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth.
6. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather.
7. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside.
8. Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in tip-top shape.
9. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
10. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts.

Here are a few more tips:

Speak up for animals: I especially appreciate this tip from The Humane Society. Speak out if you see a pet left in the cold, because unfortunately not everyone cares for animals responsibly.

Got stray cats? If there are feral or stray cats in your neighborhood, The Humane Society suggests that shelter, food and water are especially important to them in cold weather.

Do you know of other cute animals-in-snow videos that you think the Care2 community needs to see? Share it in the comments! Also, please share this post with your pet owner friends to ensure a safe winter for all.

With that, here’s a five minute compilation of animals playing in the snow. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo / YouTube

48 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sheri D.
Sheri D2 years ago

Thanks for these great videos.

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Lisa B.
Lisa B2 years ago

I loved the videos, and I like that the article closed with advice for caring for furchildren in the winter. I have a couple of things to add to it. As far as antifreeze, there are natural and animal-friendly antifreezes available. Take some time to read the labels. Also, if you are not a do-it-yourselfer and you have a mechanic change your antifreeze, buy some animal-friendly antifreeze and take it with you to the repair shop. They more than likely won't have any there, so this will ensure they replace the old antifreeze with the proper product. As to caring for your furchildren, in the winter it is best to not brush them. I know that means more loose fur on your floors and furniture, but it is better for them because brushing may remove some of their winter coat, leaving them more likely to suffer from exposure when they go outside. If you have a dog that has poodle in her/him, or some other breed that needs to be cut, if you live in a very harsh winter area, consider allowing their fur to mat a little. That is extra protection against the cold. The breed was originally developed to have a coat that mats because they were bred to originally work as water retrievers, and the mats provided them with extra protection in icy water. It may look messy, but which is worse in frigid weather, a messy coat, or your baby suffering from the cold when he/she goes outside?

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Angev GERIDONI
Angev GERIDONI2 years ago

★ ★ ★ GREAT VIDEOS ★ ★ ★

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik2 years ago

Lovely =) Thank You for sharing

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Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago

Thanks

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Isabel Araujo
Isabel Araujo2 years ago

Very sweet! ¨_*

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Chris C.
Chris C2 years ago

Incredibly sweet. I've never seen birds play like that!

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Anne Moran
Anne Moran2 years ago

Those dogs sure love their daddy,, Sasha, you're a real sweetheart...

Love crows; have never seen them 'play' before; they are usually, somewhat, serious birds...

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