Dense snow fell in and around Portland, Oregon, causing the Oregon Zoo to close its doors to the public on January 11. It made for a frolicsome “snow day” for the animals at the zoo. The zoo posted video on Facebook and YouTube that showed a female polar bear named Nora luxuriating in the frigid white stuff as if she were home in the Arctic. Mounds of snow surrounded the bear as more snow fell down.
 
The snow day did not deter essential zoo personnel from tending the animals. A spokesperson for the zoo said that a staff videographer skied to the zoo to get the footage while other personnel fed the animals. 
 
The video showed a zoo staff member feeding sea otters, while seals pulled themselves out of their pools and onto the surrounding verge where slippery snow awaited them. Even an Asian elephant, known as Samudra, could be seen almost prancing in the snow.
 
Storm systems originating in the Pacific Ocean swept through California and the Northwest. In Portland, at least four inches accumulated, much to the rejoicing of the animals in the zoo.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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