How Cold Is It? Ask Polar Bears, Penguins or Siberian Huskies

How Cold Is It? Ask Polar Bears, Penguins or Siberian Huskies
Our dog, Hazel, finally finds a spot, and the pee just about freezes before it reaches the ground

How cold has been? You know it's cold when even polar bears and penguins prefer indoors. And JoAnne Smithson's Siberian Huskies apparently would rather go to relatively balmy Siberia.

Anana, the lone polar bear at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, has never grown the thick layer of fat that bears in their native Arctic develop to insulate themselves against winter temperatures that can range as low as -50 degrees. Of course, zoo bears don't eat seal lions, seals or other animals insulated with blubber. No matter, typically zoo polar bears generally frolic in their pools throughout winter.

While Emperor or King penguin species could easily tolerate the Polar Vortex, the same is actually not true for most penguin species. At the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, penguins native to South Africa, known as the jackass penguin, were taken off exhibit as were bald eagles, as America's symbol was shivering.

In DeKalb County, outside Chicago, JoAnne Smithson says, "Each winter my struggle is to coax my dogs back indoors - they love the snow, it's summer days they detest - it's too hot." When real air temperatures dipped well below zero, Smithson says she saw her pack huddled in a corner at the door, howling to come inside.

And Jessica Abernathy of Professional Petsitters Inc./Kramers Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, noted that dogs pee is nearly freezing in mid-air, including our dog Hazel.

Now, that's cold.

 

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  • Our Siberian Husky did love to stay outside in the cold. It couldn't be cold enough for him. Our new dog is a Great Pyrenees/Lab mix. We say she must lean towards the Lab part of her gene pool because she has to be dragged outside in the cold.

  • In reply to Shari Schmidt:

    LOL - all dogs are different - but this weather has been BEYOND cold.

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