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Northlanders Celebrate Temps Above Zero

Created: 01/03/2014 7:18 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

Temperatures skyrocketed into the teens above zero on Friday. It was something Northlanders with cabin fever enjoyed.

The temperatures were something to celebrate for zoo keepers at the Lake Superior Zoo too.

“It's like a heat waver that's what everyone else is saying. It's like bathing suit weather,” Lead Zoo Keeper Maicie Sykes said.

But Sykes said the cold is still tough on some animals.

“Some of our animals like the African animals they do get locked inside during extremely cold days. We do what we can to entertain them indoors with different toys,” Sykes said.

The warmer temperatures helped the zoo keepers get pathways cleared to the exhibits, but another deep freeze on Sunday will close the zoo doors again.

“Yeah we are planning on being closed on Sunday and Monday along with some of the schools in the area due to those really bad temperatures,” Sykes said.

But on Friday the high temperature hit a sweltering 14 degrees above zero in Duluth prompting some to get their dogs out for some exercise. Still, dog groomers said you have to be careful to keep your furry friends protected.

“I think it's important that you continue regular maintenance on your dogs. If they lose any of their coat insulation capabilities because they get too tangled or matted then you run the risk of frostbite in those ares that are exposed,” Debbie Skowlund said.

Skowlund co-owns Designer Dog Grooming in Duluth. She was leaving a little extra length on her clientele for the time being, and said she gets a lot of calls about dog booties to keep pets' toes warm.

“You know it's important to protect their feet if you're going to walk on the roads at all because the salt can really do some damage to the pads of their feet. So that's really important,” Skowlund said.

Temperatures will plummet again on Sunday, but Saturday temps should hold above the zero mark.

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