Changeable Moscow weather did not disappoint brown and Himalayan black bears from the Moscow Zoo, they fell into hibernation in late November, told RIA Novosti on Thursday, head of the Department of Public Relations zoo Elena Mendoza.
"In the wild, bears usually hibernate in late November, we try to lay them to sleep at the same time. They are now in hibernation," — said Mendoza.
She explained that the first zoo workers reduce the amount of power bears translate into "light" menu, then stop and go into the water cages. Thus, the animals realize that it's time to hibernate.
Now the zoo is inhabited by two brown bears and three Asiatic black bear, which hibernate with the arrival of cold weather. And they usually wake up at the end of March, when the snow begins to melt. Also in the zoo live sloth bear, spectacled bear and the polar bears, who are awake during the winter, said the agency interlocutor.
Mendoza added that in general, the inhabitants of the zoo quietly undergoing advancing on Moscow cold.
"Animal nutrition has changed. Slightly changed the diet of large cats — they have to give more meat," — said the agency interlocutor.
According to her, as waterfowl on the pond put more hay that they were basking in it. With decreasing temperature, all-loving animals and birds were promptly transferred to the "winter" apartments, added Mendoza.
In November, the Moscow Zoo switched to winter mode and is now open to the public from 10.00 to 17.00, box office main entrance and a petting zoo will cease to one hour before closing — at 16.00. In this Dec. 31 zoo will work up to 15 hours, and January 1 — as usual, free of charge. During school holidays, the zoo will work even on Mondays.