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Chinese zoos suffer in hot weather

07-06-2010 13:49 BJT Special Report: China Battles Heat Wave |

BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhua) -- A red deer died at a zoo in Hunan's provincial capital Changsha due to a lack of water during the heat wave on Sunday afternoon.

"The red deer drinks a lot of water every day and also needs water sprayed inside its enclosure to stay cool," Changsha Ecological Zoo official Zheng Chuang was quoted as saying by Tuesday's China Daily.

"But the city's water demand has been too high because of the scorching weather, so there wasn't enough pressure to pipe water to the zoo."

The zoo is located at a higher altitude than the surrounding area in the southern suburb of the city, which places it at the end of the water system, Zhou explained.

"It has been around 40 C for days, creating so much water demand that units at the water system's far edges face shortages."

Zhou and his colleagues are transporting water in trucks from nearby locations.

The high temperatures, which the National Meteorological Center expects to continue through Wednesday, have been costly for zoos nationwide.

Beijing Zoo invested more than 1 million yuan this summer to help its zoo animals stay cool, zoo publicity officer Ye Mingxia told China Daily.

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