Beavers: The Only Animal You Won't See at the Zoo - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Beavers: The Only Animal You Won't See at the Zoo

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

The winter weather can even affect the animals at the zoo.

ZooMontana employees said the only animals you won't see right now are the beavers.

Since the temperature is below 45 degrees, they keep the beavers in a special house, which is an isolated location, away from the public.

It has heated water, in which the animals can swim.

ZooMontana Executive Director, Jeff Ewelt said the beavers don't do well in the cold weather.

"Their tail is a naked tail, so it doesn't have fur on it. It's cold, [and can] frost bite pretty easily, same thing with webbing in their feet. They're not built as well as some of these other animals are when it comes to cold weather on their feet. So, what we do is we have a pool in there that they're actually able to get into, and then we do a lot of training with them. As well this time of year, just to keep them mentally stimulated because they're not outside doing what they normally do," said Ewelt.

Ewelt said zookeeper's will open the doors that allow the 50 lbs. beavers outside when the weather is above 45 degrees.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Billings Serial Rapist Gets 22 Consecutive Life Terms

    Billings Serial Rapist Gets 22 Consecutive Life Terms

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:26:19 GMT
    Billings serial rapist Toby Griego will never be free again.On Friday, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the Montana state prison.KULR-8's Katie Chen was in the courtroom when Griegos' sentence was handed down.Emotions were high in the courtroom as victims and Griego's family members testified.Ultimately, Judge Russell Fagg gave him 22 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole plus an additional 60 years."There are some people that do need to be locked up for th...
    Billings serial rapist Toby Griego will never be free again.On Friday, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the Montana state prison.KULR-8's Katie Chen was in the courtroom when Griegos' sentence was handed down.Emotions were high in the courtroom as victims and Griego's family members testified.Ultimately, Judge Russell Fagg gave him 22 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole plus an additional 60 years."There are some people that do need to be locked up for th...
  • Lodge Grass Basin Fire

    Lodge Grass Basin Fire

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:22:29 GMT
    The BIA Crow Agency fire and aviation crews close public access to the Reservation's Big Horn Mountains because of the Lodge Grass Basin fire.
    The BIA Crow Agency fire and aviation crews close public access to the Reservation's Big Horn Mountains because of the Lodge Grass Basin fire.
  • Griego Sentenced to Life Without Parole

    Griego Sentenced to Life Without Parole

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:58:06 GMT
    Billings serial rapist Toby Griego has been sentenced to life without parole.
    Billings serial rapist Toby Griego has been sentenced to life without parole.