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POSTED: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 7:50pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 8:11pm

TYLER-- Caldwell zoo workers are working in the cold to make sure animals stay warm.  In fact, they are having to thaw out some of their locks so they can get in the animals' gates.

Today, we went to the zoo to see what's being done for the animals in these bitter cold temperatures.

At the zoo, there are no visitors and no animals in the exhibits.  Instead, the animals are all in barns, cages or huts with heaters and hay.  They will stay there until temperatures warm back up.

Several days in a row of staying inside make an unusual week for these furry friends. One zoo employee says they get a little antsy, and sometimes more difficult to be around.  The meerkats and squirrel monkeys get a few extra treats to cure indoor boredom.  "We'll make little gadgets that they have to tear apart they have to work at to get treats out of. It keeps them occupied gives them something to do," says another employee.

While animals native to East Texas can take the cold, the frozen waterbowls, waterfalls, and ponds are proof that it's just too cold for water animals like Chilean flamingos.

Zoo workers put down hay for the giraffes, heat lamps for the cheetahs, and woodwool for the meerkats.

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