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Winter storm Grayson pummeled the East Coast this week — it even brought snow to Florida! Some of us are definitely braving this bomb cyclone winter storm better than others. This video footage of a deer munching on a tree outside of a home proves that a little snow won’t stop wild animals. Freezing temps? Bring it on, this buck says! It’s nothing he can’t handle!
The video was posted to the CBS New York Facebook page. Filmed by Theresa Nicholson in Staten Island, the footage shows a huge buck just munching away on a tree outside of Nicholson’s home. It was shared with the caption, “This hungry buck didn’t seem to mind the storm in Staten Island!” And it most certainly did not!
Some animals aren’t faring quite so well in the severe cold temperatures. The bomb cyclone winter storm has actually caused sharks to freeze to death off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said two thresher sharks were found Dec. 27, “likely stranded due to cold shock.”
Meanwhile in Florida, frozen iguanas are falling from the trees. It looks scary, but the good news is that the cold won’t necessarily kill them. Apparently, if frozen iguanas are left alone to thaw in the sun, they will start to be able to move again. (Just be cautious around them, because they can bite!)
The scene at my backyard swimming pool this 40-degree South Florida morning: A frozen iguana. pic.twitter.com/SufdQI0QBx
— Frank Cerabino (@FranklyFlorida) January 4, 2018
“Don’t assume that they’re dead,” Kristen Sommers of the nonnative fish and wildlife program for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told CBS News. It’s just that it’s “too cold for them to move,” she said. So, if you happen to see one, leave him be (and keep other pets away).
As for deer, they’re much more equipped to thrive in a cold climate thanks to their thick fur. Their winter coat is especially designed to keep them insulated. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, “The underfur traps layers of air, with warmer layers closer to the skin.”
Animal guru Jack Hubley also explained how their fur works in their favor on WGAL:
So, these deer should have no trouble weathering Winter Storm Grayson. Let’s hope the same is true for the sharks, iguanas and many other affected animals, too!