Damn Polar Vortex.
It’s so cold, even polar bears and penguins were being kept indoors Monday.
Anana, the lone polar bear at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, has never grown the thick layer of fat that bears in their native Arctic develop to insulate themselves against winter temperatures that can range as low as -50 degrees F, zoo spokeswoman Sharon Dewar said. So when temperatures plunged well into the negative range in Chicago, Anana stayed in a 40ish-degree habitat, Dewar said.
“In the wild, they would seasonally eat seals and fatten themselves up with that blubber,” Dewar said. But zookeepers “don’t feed them seals or fatten them up,” she said.
And at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, both bald eagles and African penguins “who are used to temperate climates” were taken off exhibit until the weather warms up, the facility reported.