Keeping the zoo cats cool

By Perry Russom

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) While temperatures stay steady in the 90's, the animals at the zoo aren't growling about the heat.

Zoo keepers have been working to keep them cool all day Tuesday.

"We want to make sure they're as comfortable as possible and when we get these excessive days of high temperatures like this, just like us, we want to look for ways for cooling ourselves off," said Binghamton Zoo animal curator Dave Orndoff.

The Action News team was there while the zoo was cooling down their tigers and leopard.

They fed the tigers frozen fish and gave the leopard a mixture of frozen blood and water. It acts like a popsicle lowering the cat's body temperature.

"We'll go around with a hose and wet the exhibits down," said Orndorff. "Sometimes by just wetting the shade cover down, you can mitigate some of the heat. We use a lot of ice. We'll put ice in the burrow of our artic fox."

Orndorff said the ice block creates a mini-air conditioner for the fox.

The zoo says their animals haven't had any heat related deaths.

He said the key to keeping the animals cool is a well trained staff.