Closings, delays and early dismissals

Keeping the animals warm at the North Carolina Zoo

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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- The animals at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro had the day off on Friday.

The zoo was closed to keep some its most popular animals out of the bitter cold.

On days like this, elephants and other cold sensitive animals like Rhinos are kept in heated barns.

But for North American animals like the Grizzly Bear, an icy waterfall seems like a natural part of the habitat. For the seals, a cold swim makes them feel right at home.

Even on cold days, zoo officials said there are plenty of places to stay warm. The forest aviary, the African pavilion, the desert exhibit and many others are heated for the animals and visitors.

With temperatures expected to be a little warmer, the zoo does plan to have normal hours this weekend. But they recommend people check the zoo’s website before coming in case anything changes.