Zookeepers Self Isolate In UK Wildlife Park For 3 Months To Take Care Of Animals During Lockdown

Due to the global pandemic known as COVID-19 most parts of the world are currently living in lockdown. Many have taken steps to isolate themselves within the comforts of their homes while others decided to do the same by travelling to their summer or garden houses out in the provinces. Some have even made a bold and unorthodox decision to self-isolate themselves at their workplace. While almost everyone has now started working from home, few have technically self-isolated at work. In fact, a handful of zookeepers in a UK Wildlife Park have decided to self-isolate in their place so that they can take care of the animals.

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1People have begun self-isolating at home, but others have taken an unconventional approach by doing it at work

Paradise Park, a wildlife sanctuary in Hayle, Cornwall, in the UK announced that in the midst of the deadly coronavirus outbreak it would be closing its doors to the public. The park even stated that at the moment their foremost priority is to ensure that the animals continue receiving high-quality care. For this, the park must now guarantee the health and safety of four members of their zoo-keeping staff- Emily, Layla, Sarah-Jane, and Izzy- who have all volunteered to self-isolate in the park.

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2The wildlife sanctuary will do everything necessary to support their selfless staff members

These four members will continue to be supported by a number of their colleagues who will be coming in during their shifts, during this 12-week self-isolation period. Alison Hales, Director of Paradise Park said: “All our keepers are really dedicated to the animals, but some also have vulnerable family members at home. When they heard the advice about self-isolating to combat the coronavirus, they had to make a decision about whether to stay away from work and isolate with their families. But then they suggested that they could come and stay in the house at Paradise Park to be there for the birds every day without risking the health of their families”.

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3Why did these four decide to self-isolate in the wildlife sanctuary’s onsite house

It was purely due to precautionary reasons that the four zoo-keepers decided to move into the Zoo’s onsite house. One of the reasons was not wanting to put their families at risk of getting infected, but Izzy went on to explain that in the worst-case scenario where none of the zoo-keeping staff was unable to work, then at least she along with her 3 other colleagues would be able to take care of the animals.

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4The wildlife sanctuary has a large number of animals

Around 1,200 birds and a large number of various animals like red squirrels, harvest mice, Asian otters, red pandas, and the Fun Farm animals reside in Paradise Park. The zoo itself has over a thousand animals that need to be fed, cleaned, and given their daily medication while also being made to do vital activities. These are by no means easy tasks and the ongoing pandemic has only made matters worse.

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5Are the animals any different after having no visitors coming to see them nowadays

When Alison was asked whether the animals were reacting to the fact that no one was around like usual to watch them these days, she said: “We are keeping to the Park’s routines, like twice-daily penguin feeding times (can be seen on our webcam) so that they would not notice too much difference. Also, spring is in the air and many pairs of birds only have to pair up and nest-building on their minds.”

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