Odd-behaving animals at Okinawa Zoo and Museum
July 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
On July 13, the Ice Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. Staff members fed ice cubes containing horsemeat, apples, and carrots to animals. Many visitors, including children and their parents, enjoyed watching animals’ rare, odd behavior.
Japanese raccoons were trying to scratch off ice cubes with their sharp nails to get hold of apples and oranges. A lion was licking an ice cube, holding it in both hands. Children and adults were excited to see the unusual animals scenes, and some of them were taking pictures.
Some animals such as hippopotamuses and monkeys did not respond to the food in ice cubes, either not noticing or not bothering with all the fuss.
As soon as an elephant Ryuka found oranges and carrots in ice cubes, she broke them with her forefoot, and ate them using her trunk.
Karina Isagawa and Eimi Shimabukuro from Moromi Elementary School said “The Ice looks really hard,” “It was fun to see how the elephant ate the food. The ice looks really cold.”
(English translated by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)
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