I have just been reading how our city zoo had been battling with sleet, which is destroying electric cables and tearing down trees. A few falling trees have made 50 meters long gap in the fence of the lynxes, but, luckily, those two are not interested in exploring the world beyond it, especially in this weather, and they have been keeping inside their area.
Yesterday evening they had trouble with wolf's fence. A large falling tree demolished a big part of it. The zoo keepers patched the hole as best as they could in the dark and so that the wolf wouldn't feel tempted in exploring the hole, they have kept them occupied with food. In the morning the fire fighters removed the tree and repaired the fence, while the zoo employee protected them with tranquillizer guns. That must have been nerve wrecking for the poor fire-fighters.
For now all the animals that are in the open (mouflon, chamois, lynx, ibex) and whose fences are damaged are because of their attachment to their area staying inside their fences, while all the dangerous animals (lions, tigers, cougars, bears) are being confined indoors. They will do the same with wolfs as soon as they can, the article says. Which is good, because I live not ten minutes away from the zoo and I could stand seeing lynx or chamois face to face, but not a tiger or a lion. I would probably take it terrible if I stumbled over a wolf or a bear, too. Even though, a few years back we had a bear stomping through the woods that surround the zoo. It's actually a cute story; the bear came to this area to woo the zoo bear. They caught him and relocated him, but he came back. After his second relocation, the story turned sad, since a half a year later or so, they found him dead (shot) in the neighbour country. The government never found who did it.
UPDATE 04/01: The wolfs are already in the zoo's indoor facilities
UPDATE 05/01: The lynxes had left their area and are now exploring the zoo's premises. One chamois has lost its life as a result of their exploration, despite the abundance of food that should keep them in their area, but which isn't exactly working.
The danger of falling trees is still high, so the repair of their fence is still for now only on to-do list, and since the weather forecast isn't exactly friendly, who knows how long this will last. The lynxes are probably having a blast, which can't be said for zoo keepers.
The sleet is still destroying trees and cables, and lot of people are without electricity. Luckily, in my suburbs we didn't have any black-outs, so I'm not really feeling the damage that the sleet is doing all through the country. Everybody is waiting for the weather to get warmer, which will bring a high risk of flooding.