- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Zoo’s holiday light display is under attack by roaming resident squirrels who seem to like chewing the wires, and animal-loving officials have been torn about how to stop them.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (https://cin.ci/1vDHWb5 ) reports the zoo even tried spiking some plastic-covered light strands with hot sauce this year, but it wasn’t enough to deter the rodents. The cords appear to be a popular target for the creatures, who also munch on flower bulbs, the elephants’ peanuts and discarded bits of visitors’ snacks.

Their gnawing is a problem as the zoo tries to maintain the display of 2 million lights that typically draws at least 200,000 visitors during the holidays. Each morning, the groundskeepers have been working to identify and replace cords that have been chewed.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com


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