What do you think of when you think of Portland, Oregon?
For me, that’s it. Well, I mean Oregon also kinda makes me think of…
Ahh, good ol’ Oregon Trail. [via imgur]
One thing that doesn’t really come to mind when thinking about the third-most populated city in the Pacific Northwest is snow. In fact, according to Professor Wikipedia, about 1/4 of winters in Portland bring no snow at all.
Snowfall is uncommon with a normal yearly accumulation of 4.3 inches (10.9 cm), which usually falls during only two or three days per year. Portland has one of the warmest and least snowy winters of any non-Sun Belt city in the United States, with more than 25 percent of its winters receiving no snow whatsoever.
Armed with that information, it’s easy to be skeptical of the idea of nearly a foot of snow falling in the city over the course of a couple days – but that’s exactly what happened this week. Following one of the biggest snow storms in Portland’s history Tuesday and Wednesday, much of the city was left digging out – including the Oregon Zoo. On Wednesday and Thursday, the zoo was closed to the public.
— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) January 12, 2017
Just because there were no visitors doesn’t mean the animals can go untended, though. One of the zoo’s employees skied in on Wednesday to check on the animals, and got some absolutely adorable footage of the animals frolicking around in the white stuff. The otters, I’m sure, are not that out of place in these conditions – and they’re just always adorable anyway, so that’s no shocker. The visual of an elephant in snow, however, is something that’s really messing with my head, but the pachyderms seem to be enjoying it.
To be honest, I kind of expected the elephants to respond like this:
Given that we’re right around “the dead of winter,” most of the snow days in Peterborough for this school year might be behind us… But if there’s still a couple more, hopefully you can take some time to get outside and enjoy it like these animals did!