TikToker explains how zoos protect animals during hurricanes: 'So much scarier'

Hurricanes and harsh weather don’t only affect humans. Animals need to take precautions too.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm is a conservatory and zoo in Florida. The zoo followed its standard safety protocols to prep for Hurricane Ian, which might not be what you expect. For instance, the visitor bathrooms served an important purpose in protecting some of its larger birds.

See this bedroom turn into a vibrant oasis after an incredible one-day renovation:

“Storks in the bathroom! We are locking the stork up in the bathroom because it’s secure and we don’t have to put him in a crate which would make him more uncomfortable,” the zookeeper explained.

The stalls were locked to prevent any issues. Then a staff member, gently holding the bird’s beak closed, released the Marabou stork into the space. The staff member added a giant log and water bowl to accommodate the large creature.

“We secure him, cranes and vultures in the guest bathrooms,” the video text explained.

The video racked up 8.6 million views and 1.2 million likes on TikTok.

“Umm he has deliveries to make,” a TikToker joked.

“Just wait until he figures out the automatic paper towel dispenser,” another said.

“Why did I think storks weren’t real? I thought they were like unicorns,” a person commented.

“So much scarier than how my parents explained where babies come from,” someone added.

“All my life I was like a bird is to small to carry a baby.. But now I definitely think he can carry a baby,” a user wrote.

Ultimately, the hurricane tore through the state, killing at least 88 people and requiring the rescue of over 1,600 people. However, the zoo posted an update saying all the animals did well and the staff is just cleaning up now.

Watch this tiny bedroom get an organization overhaul in just one day:

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