Monkeys given hot red wine to ward off the cold

A warming tot of mulled wine is just the thing to keep the freezing temperatures at bay, as monkeys at the Karaganda zoo, who enjoy a tipple, would agree.

As temperatures in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan plummet below minus 33 Celsius, the monkey residents of Karaganda zoo are fed a warming concoction of hot red wine mixed with sugar, apples and lemons. Not only does the wine help to keep the monkeys warm but it also helps to protect them from respiratory infections.

According to Pravda the wine of choice is “Kagor” red wine, used in Orthodox churches. The wine also serves as a sedative if the animals are moved between enclosures.


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