Raw: India Zoo Keeps Animals Cool in Heatwave

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Delhi's National Zoological Park takes special measures to help its animals cope with the intense heat wave in India's capital. (July 16)

SHOTLIST:

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New Delhi, India - July 2, 2014

1. White tiger panting

2. Elephant shaking dust off

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New Delhi, India - July 14, 2014

3. Young antelopes locking horns, butting

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New Delhi, India - July 2, 2014

4. Royal Bengal tiger roaring at zookeeper

5. Water spraying out of cage

6. Various of royal Bengal tiger being sprayed with water

7. Elephant being pulled down onto ground by keeper, as zoo worker sprays water on it

8. Close of elephant being hosed down

9. Wide of elephant lying on ground being sprayed with water

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New Delhi, India - July 11, 2014

10. Water-mister in bird enclosure

11. Parrots with water mist

12. Boys taking photos of parrot enclosure

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New Delhi, India - July 2, 2014

13. Zoo keepers switching on fans and coolers in tiger enclosure

14. White tiger seen through fan blades

15. White tiger being cooled by fan

16. Desert-cooler fan

17. Zookeeper bringing meat to white tiger

18. White tiger eating meat

19. Family looking at enclosure

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New Delhi, India - July 14, 2014

20. Rhino in enclosure

21. Antelopes in enclosure

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New Delhi, India - July 2, 2014

22. Elephants cooling in pond, trumpeting

STORYLINE:

With temperatures in India's capital regularly topping 113 degrees Fahrenheit, Delhi's National Zoological Park takes special measures to help its animals cope with the intense heat.

Virtually all the zoo's creatures, from elephants to antelope, require some help cooling down between the hot months of May through July.

Every morning and afternoon, keepers use jet-sprays to hose down their 11 tigers. The zoo's two formerly wild elephants are also hosed down twice a-day.

Besides the cold showers, the zoo has installed special coolers in many animals' cages and altered their diet to keep them from dehydrating.

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