Warming shelters open for people, zoo animals

12:19 AM, Dec 5, 2013   |    comments
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Across Northern California, people and animals are working to stay out of the frigid weather.

As continue to drop, Sacramento city officials opened a warming center for those in need. The Southside Park Pool Building will open its doors to 70 people so they can to stay warm throughout the night.

"This is the first warming center we will be opening and  have facilities available to them," Sacramento of Emergency Services spokesperson Stephen Cantelme said.

Moody Tanksley headed over after hearing about it from a police officer.

"I'm trying to stay warm, trying to stay out of this cold weather," Tanksley said.

Warming centers also opened in Elk Grove, as well as throughout San Joaquin County.

Like always, Union Gospel Mission on Bannon Street in Sacramento opened its doors overnight and handed out blankets to the homeless.

"We ask people to donate the blankets and all the things along with the tarps," Pastor Tim Lane said.

Animals at the Sacramento Zoo were well prepared for the cold temperatures. Zoo officials said animals such as the giraffes have an barn that is heated to 65 degrees to keep them warm and toasty.

"It's pretty posh nice warm environment," Zoo official Allie Hartley said. "It's the Ritz Carlton."

Other animals, including birds, have heated lamps and plexiglass on the cages to keep cold air out. There are also battery operated rocks that warm for birds to perch on if needed. Primates and pandas also have a heated indoor environment.


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