Published: 12th November 2014
Staff at Paignton Zoo have found a novel way to keep sick animals warm - with lost socks .
Workers at the Devon zoo came up with the idea after a small sock was found left behind on a brick wall outside the vet centre.
Veterinary nurse Celine Campana then found that there was a small collection of socks being unused in the lost property department.
She said that as the socks often went unclaimed - and with charities generally not taking donations of odd pairs - she decided to start using them at the centre.
Head of veterinary services Ghislaine Sayers said that when the animals - such as monkeys - are anaesthetised, their legs and arms are wrapped in bubble wrap for insulation.
And the staff have found the socks are a simple and effective way of keeping this bubble wrap in place.
Now any socks that have been left in lost property for at least six weeks are passed on to the veterinary team.
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