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Frozen pipes at 'Zoosiana' cause list of challenges for the keepers

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Here in South Louisiana, we're not used to the freezing weather, but we're not the only ones who live here feeling shocked by the temperatures.

Preparations are underway to keep our furry friends at Zoosiana safe and warm.

Although the cold weather has prompted the Zoo of Acadiana to close its doors to the public, there's still much to be done behind the scenes.

"We have surprises all the time and we had four baby goats born to one mom last night," said an excited zoo owner, George Oldenburg.

Despite the challenges of cold weather, these baby goats have made everyone's day a little warmer.

But the routine at the zoo has been off course for the past couple of days. Oldenburg says the zoo will be closed most likely until Saturday until the pipes are no longer frozen and the water is working again.

"We're more equipped for hurricanes than we are for stuff like this," said Oldenburg but a lot of our night houses have what they call a 'Lixit' where the water comes right in so we're having to put bowls in and we definitely don't have enough bowls to go around because we use them for food too so if anyone has any extra dog bowls we'll be glad to take them off their hands."

The zookeepers are working nonstop to make the animals as cozy as possible, using heating lamps and bringing some of the more delicate animals inside.

"Right now we are bring water in from our general manager's house, some of the zookeepers are bringing water bottles in just so we have liquid water here and we're also using the microwave and heating lamps to melt ice," said Erin Fenstermaker, one of the zookeepers. "The animals are doing great. They're keeping warm they have extra hay to bed down in, heat lamps, heaters."

But she admits it isn't easy.

"I think the zookeepers are doing the worst out of everybody," she said laughing.

And if you would like to help the zoo, you can drop off animal water and food bowls at the gift shop.

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