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Monkeys huddle together for warmth at Hanoi zoo

Monkeys huddle together for warmth at Hanoi zoo

Sunday, January 28, 2024, 18:20 GMT+7
Monkeys huddle together for warmth at Hanoi zoo
Two monkeys cuddle their baby to protect themselves from the chilly winds due to plunging temperatures in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Primates at Hanoi Zoo in the capital city of Vietnam are huddling together to tough out the biting cold.

Temperatures in Hanoi stood at 11 degrees Celsius on Sunday morning, chilling troops of monkeys at the zoo, located in Ngoc Khanh Ward, Ba Dinh District.

That the animals were braving the extreme cold and strong winds on Sunday broke the hearts of residents and tourists.

A monkey is pictured struggling with the cold weather at a zoo in Hanoi on January 28, 2024. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A monkey is pictured struggling with the cold weather at a zoo in Hanoi on January 28, 2024. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Three monkeys huddle together to protect themselves from the biting cold at Hanoi Zoo in the capital city of Vietnam. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Three monkeys huddle together to protect themselves from the biting cold at Hanoi Zoo in the capital city of Vietnam. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

According to a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter’s observation on the same day, a female monkey was cuddling her baby to protect it from the cold snap in their cage.

At the ape caging area, the animals gathered in groups to survive the freezing weather on Sunday morning.

These images grieved many locals and visitors.

The monkey cages are not covered completely, chilling the animals on freezing days in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The monkey cages are not covered completely, chilling the animals on freezing days in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A monkey stoops down due to the cold weather. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A monkey stoops down due to the cold weather. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A mother primate cuddles her baby to shield it from the biting cold. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A mother primate cuddles her baby to shield it from the biting cold. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, zookeepers started fires inside the deer enclosure to keep the animals warm.

Elephants were shielded against the chilly winds by sheets of plastic that cover their cages.

“I am taking my children to the zoo, but when visiting the monkey enclosure, I felt heartbroken to see these primates huddling together to stay warm,” said Nguyen Minh Ngoc, a native of Hanoi.

“I hope that zookeepers will cover their cages carefully, especially on these freezing days, to shield them well."

Le Si Dung, general director at Hanoi Zoological Gardens Company, told Tuoi Tre that the zoo proactively maps out an anti-cold plan for the captive animals each year.

The cages of elephants, tigers, lions, and bears have heaters installed to keep these animals warm, he said.

“We maintain bonfires round the clock inside the deer enclosure so that they can get the heat on freezing days,” said Dung.

Dung also told Tuoi Tre that the outdoor cages of monkeys and apes are partially covered with metal sheets and palm leaves.

Besides, these cages were designed to have some shelters to house the animals on rainy and chilly days.

The zoo is providing more nutritious food for these animals to improve their ability to withstand the cold weather.

The freezing weather prevents monkeys at Hanoi Zoo from moving. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The freezing weather prevents monkeys from movingat Hanoi Zoo. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The tiger enclosure has heaters installed to keep the animals warm. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The tiger enclosure has heaters installed to keep the animals warm. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Zookeepers start fires to help deer get the heat. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Zookeepers start fires to help deer get some heat. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Young visitors feed the deer at Hanoi Zoo. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Young visitors feed the deer at Hanoi Zoo. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

An elephant at Hanoi Zoo is kept inside an enclosure covered by sheets to avoid the cold weather. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

An elephant at Hanoi Zoo is kept inside an enclosure covered with sheets to avoid the cold weather. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The outside of the elephant enclosure at Hanoi Zoo. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The outside of the elephant enclosure at Hanoi Zoo. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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