Growing up in Colorado, snow was a given. The white stuff falls from the sky at any time between September and sometimes early May. Feet and feet of it are far from inevitable. And sometimes the state gets a massive blizzard every few years. Not just “a lot of snow”; We are talking about courtyards and most of the streets that cannot be crossed without a daypack and a guide. I lived in Los Angeles for 13 years and every time I see the snow depths in my home state I say “no thanks”. But with the latest massive snowstorm, at least the Denver Zoo can show us how lions frolic.

One of the cutest things on the internet is videos of dogs playing in the snow for the first time. You never see anything so happy. But did you ever expect adult African lions to behave the same way? It is a pleasure. The recent snowstorm in the Denver area is the largest in over two decades, throwing 27 inches of snow across the city. More some places. As a result, the Denver Zoo was closed Saturday through Monday as they tried to dig themselves out.

In the video above, originally posted on the zoo’s Facebook page and republished on 9News’ local YouTube, you can see some of the zookeepers throwing the snowdrifts down from high spots, followed by hyenas looking deeply confused. But the lions – there appear to be four adult males of which are wild – have great fun frolicking around.

Lions at the Denver Zoo play in the feet of the snow after a massive blizzard.

Denver Zoo / 9News

“After our zookeepers received the lion’s share of training that made Benson Predator Ridge safe for our lions, hyenas and African wild dogs,” read the zoo’s Facebook post, “some of our residents felt brave enough to inspect their surroundings. . “

“In Africa,” they later announced, “lions spend most of their day finding ways to cool off. Surprisingly, our lions love the snow because they can be as active as they want without overheating! And when they cool down, they have heated stones to relax in and heated bedrooms waiting when they need them. “

At least these lions had to have fun in the snow. You didn’t have to shovel it so you definitely have the best ending to this deal.

Kyle Anderson is the Senior Editor for Nerdist. Here you can find his film and television reviews. Follow him on Twitter!

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