Taiwan zoo’s online big cats help beat lockdown blues
24 July 2021 | 4:49 pm
A Taiwan zoo is helping cooped up families cope with Covid restrictions by producing weekly online shows to connect them to the animals even when zoos are shuttered. Schools, entertainment venues, libraries, sport facilities and community centres across the island have been closed since mid-May due to a sudden surge of domestic infections.
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