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Kansas City zoo workers, animals brave frigid conditions

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When bitter cold temperatures hit the metro, the Kansas City Zoo isn't spared. (KCTV5) When bitter cold temperatures hit the metro, the Kansas City Zoo isn't spared. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

When bitter cold temperatures hit the metro, the Kansas City Zoo isn't spared. 

Some animals, like Berlin the polar bear, wanted nothing to do with the cold temperatures. Meanwhile, otters, llamas and sea lions could be seen outside. 

"You know, a lot of people think about the polar bears and think they probably love the water temperatures but the thing is they walk on water," said Sean Putney of the Kansas City Zoo. "Even when it’s this cold the polar bears don’t go in water very much. Otters are fine - you can see them swimming around just fine."

The people whose job it is to take care of the animals don't get a day off even when it's cold outside. 

They're staffed every day, but they do things a bit differently. 

The zoo says it needs to be about mid-40s before most of the animals will be outside. Each animal is watched over by zoo staff and the ones out in the elements always have access to shelter.

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