More zoos putting animals on a diet

March 19, 2008 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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Healthy growing is the planGuess the weight-loss craze that began in the ’80s has now crossed species. Zoos across the country are reporting their animals are coming in overweight and much like humans is a peril to their health.

Over years of study, researchers have found that the zoo animals’ diet is so far removed from what they eat in the wild, that drastic measures need to be taken to improve their health. Animals have come down with a slew of human-like aging ailments that zoo veterinarians are hoping to eliminate with a change in diet.

From osteoporosis to arthritis, gorillas and zebras across the nation’s zoos are growing old prematurely due to what they eat. So, like millions of Americans, health has come first and the old ways of eating are going out the window.

Animals are being put on a “Weight Watchers” type of diet regimen that closely monitors the levels of protein, carbs and other food elements previously never thought to have any influence on animal health.

Word on a gym being built at zoos is still premature.


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