As water drops at Monkey Island, lemurs work to stay cool - KCTV5

As water drops at Monkey Island, lemurs go to great lengths to stay cool

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GREENWOOD, MO (KCTV) -

As the blistering sun pounds overhead, even the animals are changing their behavior to cope.

Ring-tailed lemurs at Monkey Island are heading down to the moist bank at the island where temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler. Typically, the lemurs avoid the water.

"They've always stayed clear up on the island," Monkey Island owner Dana Savorelli said. "They don't like being in the water because they will drown."

The alligators are staying down at the bottom of the pond for longer periods. Animals are seeking shade and drinking more. Even chickens are panting.

"Most of these animals are warm climate anyway, but you add enough heat and it kills quick," Savorelli said.

No animals have died because of the heat. Monkey Island staffers are doing everything they can to ensure it stays that way.

"We're trying to cool them down a little bit. We spray the animals if they like to be sprayed," Savorelli said. "It's a matter of hosing down the outside cages, trying to bring the temperature down a little bit. Some of the monkeys like to be hosed down as long as you want to do so."

The good news is the animals are adjusting and it's not likely to get any hotter.

"They seem to tolerate it and get by. That's just Mother Nature. But we're borderline when you are talking 105 to 110 degrees," he said.

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