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Zoo Animals Built for Bearing Extreme Cold

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The zoo in Bismarck holds some pretty tough animals when it comes to bearing the extreme cold.

Workers say that about 15 percent of the zoo animal population goes inside for winter, but many of the animals are actually built to handle the frigid North Dakota months.

The human employees are probably the only ones susceptible to frostbite, but they're busy feeding the animals more food during these months, and making sure that their water containers are heated.

Animal experts say while big animals like bears might be made to take on the cold, they still have structures to hide under in extreme cases.

And don't let the big animals fool you, the arctic fox is probably the toughest animal when it comes to living in the cold.

According to the assistant zoo director, the arctic fox doesn't even start to shiver until it's 94 below.

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