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Zoo keeping the restless busy

Like any toddler, Coco is easily bored — especially in winter. It’s too cold to get up to much, and without something to keep her preoccupied, it won’t be long until she’s into some kind of trouble, picking fights or pulling her room apart piece by piece.

Which can be a problem, considering she’s a 250-pound Siberian tiger.

Keeping animals engaged during the winter is a perennial battle faced by staff at the Toronto Zoo, where most warm-weather species are brought inside when the temperature dips below 0 C.

When the animals are kept inside they can get bored. They can become listless, destructive and potentially dangerous. That’s where “enrichment activities” — balls, puzzles — enter the picture.

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