January 30, 2009
New Zealand zoo serving cats ‘mousesicles’
The Wellington Zoo in New Zealand said staff will create so-called mousesicles in an attempt to help the zoo's big cats beat the heat.
Zoo spokeswoman Stephanie Gray said staff members at the tourist site in the New Zealand capital will be freezing whole mice to feed to the zoo's African wild cats, The (Wellington) Dominion Post said in its Saturday edition.
Gray said in anticipation of a heat wave this weekend, zoo staff will have mousesicles on hand as well as so-called bloodsicles for the servals.
The wild cats' bloodsicles, actually diluted blood ice blocks, will be accompanied by a paddling pool and hammocks for the cats to relax and cool off in, the Post said.