As much of the country became blanketed in snow, a heart-warming sight came from Knowsley Safari Park as their troop of baboons munched on baked potatoes in order to keep warm.
The Merseyside park, which is usually open all year round, was forced to close its gates to visitors on Monday (04/01) due to the adverse weather conditions.ns.
Despite the closure, keepers braved the snow and ice to tend to the park’s multitude of wild animals, many of which are suited to more tropical climates. In fact, the only animals that are happy to stay outdoors in all weather are the park’s collection of bison, which are used to the extreme cold of the North American winters.
As well as the piping hot baked potatoes, Knowsley Safari Park’s baboons also have access to covered housing to shield themselves from the icy conditions outside.
General Manager of Knowsley Safari Park David Ross said: “In these conditions the baboons absolutely love a baked potato. It has been fantastic to watch adults and youngsters alike collecting the steaming spuds from the keepers and enjoying something warm in the snow.
Ross added that the decision to close the park was not taken lightly. -The snow made it impossible,- he said. -It’s probably the worst conditions we’ve experienced since the mid-90s.
“But our staff battled their way in this morning, and they have been working hard to ensure all our animals are as well-fed and cosy as possible.”
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Knowsley Safari Park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby. Only 8 miles (13 km) from Liverpool city centre, the park has a number of attractions, including shops, restaurants and amusement rides. With over 30 kinds of wildlife across a 550-acre site, Knowsley Safari Park has become one of Merseyside’s premier leisure attractions, winning several awards for tourism and its animal husbandry.
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