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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The frigid temperatures are also affecting some of the tropical animals at Chehaw's Wild Animal Park, forcing them to stay inside. 

The red wolves are some of the few animals at Chehaw enjoying south Georgia's recent Arctic blast. Because of the flamingoes delicate nature, they were taken off exhibit. Their enclosure is being over-hauled.

The rhino also was kept indoors this morning because of the temperatures. Executive Director Doug Porter says all of Chehaw's animals have heated enclosures to protect them from the elements.

"It depends like whether the sun is shinning like today and the temperature. If it gets up to 40, then that's the days we can let them out if it doesn't get up into the 40's then some of the animals will stay inside all day," said Porter.

The curious meerkats that normally are very active in their outdoor exhibit were instead holed up in their cozy inside enclosure today. Other than the wolves, the bears and some of the cats will venture out on frigid days.

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